TheVoiceOfJoyce Why some states are more solvent than others? Progressive Tax Rates. It’s an equitable method to fund State programs that help the Lower & Middle Classes & the Economy. We know trickle down economics & tax cuts to the rich, allow that money to stay with the beneficiary of the Government’s largess. Progressive taxation is fair and encourages economic growth & recovery . The charts in this article show each states gain or shortfall depending on tax policy.