Just Say No! (alas too many people fear income tax)
Yeah, I think it comes down to that. I've lived in Texas at times, and it's a huge point of pride that there is no income tax in Texas. Of course, it still needs a budget to provide basic government services. So there are very high property taxes, moderate but recently increased sales taxes, and a recently introduced corporate tax (called the "franchise tax" in local lingo). Those are all in several ways actually worse than an income tax, but they "aren't an income tax", so politicians and voters prefer them.