Taxes raise the blood pressure of those who pay them, and usually of those who vote for them as well. That’s why tax increases usually occur in non-election years. This report offers an alternative to raising taxes to meet our state’s spending priorities. It compares Virginia with the other 16 states in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s southeast and mideast regions, from New York to Florida, and examines the comparative economic attractiveness of each. View PDF File.