Balancing State Budgets on the Backs of Indians

The $175 billion state budget shortfall can "be traced to 15 years of state tax cuts," and red states, especially, continue to slash corporate income taxes. Meanwhile, Washington State Republicans propose closing "tribal tax loopholes" to supposedly earn the state $110 million every biennium, to be used for "education, public safety and services for the most vulnerable."

So let me get this straight: states continue to cut taxes on Corporate America through "thousands of credits, deductions, abatements and incentive packages," which guts revenues for state services; while proposing to close "tax loopholes" for tribal enterprises, which would gut revenues for tribal governmental services.

Make no mistake about it, the state tax man cometh to Indian Country. Be prepared.

Gabriel "Gabe" Galanda is a partner at Galanda Broadman PLLC, of Seattle, an American Indian majority-owned law firm.  He is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Covelo, California.  He can be reached at 206.691.3631 or, or via