When discussing Politics and Economics is very easy to deviate from the main topic. Everything is so interconnected that is hard to stay in course. The raise on Taxes could be driven by some promise to deliver free stuff or just plain and simple cost.
There are tons of rabbit holes and so easy to fall in any of them.
One of the things that I tell people is to learn how Currency is made. How some is created from nothing and drives so many things.
By the way, Money is not Currency; what people calls money, is not really money.
The difference with the Fed Gov and the States is, as far "money". The Fed Gov just print more currency to pay for promisses. The Sates, well, they do not have a printing press, so they raise taxes.