Putting aside the debates between the effectiveness supply-side economics and whether an increase in sales tax would disproportionately negatively impact the poor, state sales tax only plans cannot make up for the lost revenue under current laws. The reason?
We tend to focus on federal matters but for most people the face of government is to be found in the local agencies providing basic services such as police protection, ambulance services, welfare, and medical care for the poor. This is where the erosion of public services is being felt.
The stock market crash that precipitated the early 2000s downturn was particularly tough on high-end wealth relative to the housing bust of the Great Recession. In the latter case, you hit a lot more people in the middle class, and it weighs dramatically on local revenues.
While political leaders try to find scapegoats to deflect blame for our problems, the American people are ultimately smarter than that. They want and are responsive to compelling solutions to unemployment and economic insecurity.