These 7 States Tax You the Hardest

There's nowhere you can go in the United States to escape taxes entirely. But where you live can make a big difference in when you can declare independence from your tax burden every year.

Tax Freedom Day is an easy-to-understand concept that the nonprofit Tax Foundation has developed to help people understand just how much they have to pay in federal, state, and local taxes. By taking the total amount of taxes that people have to pay and then dividing it by their income, you can figure out what percentage of the year you spend working for Uncle Sam and your state and local tax authorities.

This year, Tax Freedom Day for the nation as a whole falls on April 18. But people in some states will have to wait quite a while longer before they've paid off their tax burden for 2013. Here are the seven most heavily taxed states in the U.S., along with a brief explanation of what makes their taxes so much higher than the rest of the country.

7. Minnesota, April 23
Minnesota has a relatively high combination of individual income and sales taxes, with a top income tax rate of 7.85% and a 6.875% sales tax. But its corporate income tax of 9.8% is especially high, despite the fact that top private employer Target (NYSE: TGT  ) is headquartered in Minneapolis. Even relatively low property taxes averaging just over $1,400 aren't enough to give residents much relief.

6. California, April 24
California is notorious for having retroactively raised its income tax rates on high-income taxpayers last year, imposing a top rate of 13.3%, the highest of any state. State sales taxes of 7.5% and a fairly high corporate income tax rate also add to Californians' tax burden, even though it hasn't stopped many high-profile technology companies from calling the state home. Limitations on property tax increases have kept many residents from bearing the full burden of skyrocketing property values during the housing boom.

4 (tie). Massachusetts, April 25
Massachusetts has a relatively low flat income tax of 5.25%, but a recent increase in its sales tax to 6.25% boosted overall revenue. With property taxes averaging nearly $2,000, homeowners get a triple tax burden, although many financial companies maintain a strong presence in the state.

4 (tie). Illinois, April 25
Illinois closely resembles its peer Massachusetts, with a 5% flat income tax rate and the same 6.25% sales tax. A higher corporate rate offsets slightly lower property taxes, although corporate taxes didn't stop Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) from relocating its corporate headquarters to the state from Seattle more than a decade ago. A gasoline tax that's in the top five in the country helps push its overall burden higher.

3. New Jersey, May 4
As we get to the three most heavily taxed states, rates for various taxes go up considerably. New Jersey boasts a top income tax rate of nearly 9%, sales taxes of 7%, and property taxes averaging more than $2,800. In addition, with a high concentration of businesses, corporate tax collections are also among the highest in the nation.

2. New York, May 6
New York's tax rates are actually lower than New Jersey's, with a top rate of about 8.8% and a 4% sales tax. Yet because of the high average income of New Yorkers, the state collects more in income tax revenue than any other state. Most cities tack on an average of nearly 4.5% in additional sales taxes, and with plenty of high-income businesses calling New York home, including Wall Street's most profitable institutions, the state's corporate tax brings in the second most revenue of any state.

1. Connecticut, May 13
Again, tax rates don't tell the whole story for Connecticut, with a modest 6.7% top income tax rate and just over $2,500 in property taxes. But high gasoline taxes combined with the 6.35% sales tax, as well as high average incomes resulting from its proximity to the New York City metropolitan area, make Connecticut the costliest state in the U.S. for taxes. The state is a center for the insurance industry, with Hartford Financial (NYSE: HIG  ) among the leading employers, and defense-related companies United Technologies (NYSE: UTX  ) and General Dynamics (NYSE: GD  ) also have substantial operations there.

Think twice about where you live
It's important to remember that the Tax Foundation's calculations are all based on aggregate measures, and they won't necessarily reflect your personal Tax Freedom Day. But as a general rule, choosing where to live can make a big impact on your total tax liability, and while taxes aren't necessarily the most important factor in making that choice, they definitely deserve at least some consideration.

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  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 10:39 AM, SwiperFox wrote:

    Hmmm...everywhere I would consider living. Let's see a list of the least taxed states. I can project that they would be places I would never consider living.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 10:55 AM, pavilion98 wrote:

    "These 7 States Tax You the Hardest"

    Color them all blue. Very blue.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:03 AM, JamesDann wrote:

    This is a terribly written article, I lived in upstate N.Y. for 49 years and I've never seen a 4% sales tax, it was 7% in my county, one doesn't know if they mean NY State or NY city, all in all a typically bad yahoo posting.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:10 AM, Kay10 wrote:

    Welcome to the Democrat Party and their shining examples of being over taxed and what that does for your state and its employees security. The Mafia is envolved in all these staes to skim money out of government projects and then use paybacks to politicians to keep them and their theft going.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:12 AM, rightislight wrote:

    This analysis makes ZERO sense. According to your data (which I will assume is accurate) California has the highest income tax and highest sales tax yet it's not first? Sure, with Prop 13 property taxes may be lower but as a percentage of taxes paid this is a small number.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:12 AM, TMFGalagan wrote:

    @JamesDann - I don't know how much clearer I could be than "most cities tack on an average of 4.5%" to make it clear that the 4% state rate isn't the only tax New Yorkers pay.

    best,

    dan (TMF Galagan)

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:13 AM, TMFGalagan wrote:

    @rightislight - I'd recommend going to the Tax Foundation website linked in the article to get more on its methodology. Here's the link again:

    http://taxfoundation.org/article/tax-freedom-day-2013-april-...

    best,

    dan (TMF Galagan)

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:14 AM, PhoenixJack wrote:

    Got taxed to death in Calif. It help kill all the good jobs that once made Calif, "The Golden State."

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:22 AM, autumn12 wrote:

    I live in Boston. I love it here. There is no tax on clothing (unless it's a luxury item) or food (except in restaurants). Gas and cigarette taxes are probably going up soon to pay for public transportation costs. I just got back from Florida where I paid 6% tax on USA Today!!! Please!!! I have access to best medical care in the world. Is it a blue state? Yes, but if you want a great quality of life, who cares if it's red or blue. The Mafia! Really?????? Some pols in all 50 states can be bought without organized crime ties, Republican or Democrat. it's called greed and most of us suffer from it to some degree.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:28 AM, uncoveror wrote:

    If the public services in the high tax states give you a higher quality of life, such as clean air, good schools and good roads instead of pothole patches that nearly require an off-road vehicle, then they would be a bargain at twice the price. We can't have nice things unless we pay for them, and taxes are how we pay for public nice things. Civilization was not built on the principle of screw everyone else, I care about me. That attitude is the law of the jungle, yet this is the mantra of everyone trying to evade taxes.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:30 AM, poorpat wrote:

    You are not factoring property taxes in fairly in CT. I live in one of the poorest large Cities in CT and the average tax there is above $4,000 together with the same tax rate on cars which tax is also assessed against business personal property. Liquor prices are state controlled and as you properly pointed out our gas taxes are the highest in the nation. Our utility costs are probably close to the highest in the nation and all of our urban schools fail miserably.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:43 AM, flatop354 wrote:

    As I would have guessed, they are also the most poorly run and operated states and, also understandably, three of them are the states with the highest illegal immigration. As a suggestion, people should visit the medicare/Medicaid websites and see which states are billing the US for Medicaid reimbursement the most due to the highest levels of illegal immigration. I was informed a little while ago that Illinois will bill the US about a billion dollars next year for the care of "indigents".

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:45 AM, rbreau1 wrote:

    It is not an accident that I do not live in one of those seven! Nor will I ever live there because those states are garbage and you people saying you love one of them is another reason why I will not live there....I like to have good neighbors that work for a living and know they are not getting their bang for the buck from taxes!

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:49 AM, AllenElliott wrote:

    They also kept trying to expand their power base. Why do you think they gave these ilegal imagrents was given amnsty and citizenship

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:50 AM, dew2013 wrote:

    strange all these states have very strong gun laws and dont want their citizen armed. I guess we know why now... so they can tax you to death and you cant defend yourself.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:55 AM, Kenda49 wrote:

    I live in Florida, and I can tell you even though we don't have a state income tax, our 7% sales tax and high fees on everything from car tags to gas to hotels, sure adds up. And on top of that, Florida has crummy schools, not to mention low incomes. At least the states mentioned in this article have high wages for most professions. i used to live in Mass and was glad for lower costs, such as housing, but I really miss the benefits of living in a blue state.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:56 AM, PoorLew wrote:

    Living in Connecticut, I am proud to pay our taxes. I would be twice as proud to pay half as much. To show he wants to eliminate taxes, our governor proposed eliminating car taxes. Wonder what the mil rate on my house will jump.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 11:59 AM, Kenda49 wrote:

    These 7 states have the best health care systems and top notch schools. Unlike Mississippi and Texas who are at the bottom. If you want to live in a successful state, you have to pay taxes or you end up in the poor south where everyone is either rich or poor.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:00 PM, liardo141 wrote:

    For you naysayers out there, these are all liberal states with huge union control, not mafia.

    @autum12, I live in Wolston Beach and though I like it here, the cost of living and taxes in Mass are outragewous. Fla is no comparison, Fla has no state tax Mass does plus their realestate tax is lower as well as the gas tax. Get a clue please.

    @Kenda, most states have crummy schols becuase they are all public schools. We need more private schools and vouchers.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:04 PM, onempo wrote:

    These articles never put the topic in context. At least 6 of these states are also the wealthiest states in the nation. Other states my have lower taxes, but are much poorer as well. The old adage "you get what you pay for" comes to mind.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:07 PM, Kenda49 wrote:

    No matter where you live they will get you somehow. I guess this calculation does not include "fees" which are actually taxes of another color. The republicans in florida like to call them fees so they don't get accused of raising taxes.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:12 PM, Kenda49 wrote:

    @liardo141

    Mass is #3 in public education. Florida is #36. We do NOT need more private schools funded by US taxpayers. Stats show private schools are NO better, they pay their teachers less, and many of them fail because profit is involved. Yeah, Florida has no state tax, I stated that, but we have lots of fees. Wages are also low. Many here joke they get paid in Sunshine. Housing was fairly high until the housing crisis, now things are more affordable, but you can pay as much as 12% sales tax, and don't forget the toll roads. Those can really add up too.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:13 PM, jdpredeagle wrote:

    I have lived in Massachusetts and there wasn't a sales tax on food or clothing. I now live in Idaho and there is a sales tax on food. They give us a $60 food tax credit however I kept track of the tax for a year and paid $600 in taxes on food. There are always the good with the bad. FYI, our school system ranks 48th. We do not need more private schools and school vouchers. Because of No Child Left Behind (lots of rules, but no funding), you have in the classroom autistic, mentally impaired etc all in the same classroom and we expect teachers to do teaching when he/she having to manage a classroom of 30 kids. Because of the education plans for special ed kids, you cannot even require them to bring a pencil to class.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:14 PM, Stevegarry22 wrote:

    First notice these are all Nanny States run by democrats, and all of them especially California, have City's and towns bankrupt, or near bankruptcy.

    This is was the left wing nut socialists do for a vote.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:21 PM, JoeRealist wrote:

    You get what you pay for - go ahead go live in Texas - you'll see

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:26 PM, graystone99 wrote:

    Just as an eye-opener to those wanting to bash these states as "blue" or "liberal", especially Kay10 pavillion98, and rbreau1, here is the per-capita income rank of these "high-tax" states:

    Connecticut 1

    New York 4

    New Jersey 3

    Illinois 16

    Massachusetts 2

    California 15

    Minnesota 11

    So as you can see, the citizens of these states do quite well for themselves, especially when compared to low-tax "red" states. (Mississippi 50, Texas 25, Indiana 39, South Carolina 48, Idaho 49, Arkansas 45, Alabama 42, Arizona 41, Utah 46, etc., etc.)

    Maybe "high" tax rates that help provide for good roads and other infrastructure, good schools, and medical care really don't prevent good income and high standards of living, but actually help facilitate them?

    Just a thought for those whose first impulse is to blindly bash these states based on political ideology.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:27 PM, Kenda49 wrote:

    The real "nanny states" are the bright RED Southern Welfare states. They have the worst education system, pay the least in taxes. and get the most in benefits from the govt. while the BLUE states fund them. So who's the real socialists? It's the red states clearly.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:27 PM, Hjin wrote:

    @JoeRealist, have you ever visited Texas? DFW is one of the most prosperous metros in the country. Likewise, Austin, San Antonio, and even Houston, are all doing extremely well with robust public infrastructure, low unemployment, and solid fiscal status.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:29 PM, Kenda49 wrote:

    Parts of Texas do well because of oil revenues, but overall Texas has the most uninsured and is high in poverty. Go beyond the cities you mentioned and see what you find.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:46 PM, Hjin wrote:

    Net population change (high being greater growth)

    Connecticut, 42

    New York, 27

    New Jersey, 36

    Illinois, 43

    Mass, 32

    Cali, 18

    Minn, 28

    California is an outlier because of obvious demographic flow from sou of its border.

    On the other hand, 7 of top 10 states in population growth are the low-tax states that you people like to bash, with Texas and Utah leading the way.

    Take a look at the US Census statistics and you'd see a clear picture of people moving out of blue states in favor of red. Similarly, companies are doing the same. New manufacturing bases are being set up in states like South Carolina (Boeing, BMW, etc.) and Alabama (Honda, Mercedes, Hyundai). Honda of America also recently relocated its entire team of senior executives to Ohio from California. Moreover, many companies are relocating their headquarters to southern states like Texas.

    Regardless of the bickering among the keyboard warriors like Kenda, gray stone, and Joeknight, fact remains that people and companies are voting with their feet.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:47 PM, Hjin wrote:

    Kenda, obviously you've never heard of Texas Instruments, Dell, among other major companies that are not in the energy industry.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 12:47 PM, graystone99 wrote:

    @dew2013: The "strong gun laws" you speak of don't prevent citizens from legally owning guns. Further, do you advocate armed rebellion as a means of countering high taxes? As opposed to, say, voting? The idea that these states would institute strict gun laws just so they can assess high taxes is ridiculous.

    By the way, New York, with some of the strictest gun laws, has a lower violent crime rate than Texas, with some of the most lenient gun laws. Go figure, huh?

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 1:32 PM, cityperson wrote:

    We here in California, have many dumb voters that love voting for tax increase, bond measures and always going along with the politician and their all of a sudden fee increase and never question. Plus we here in California are like most voter created career politicians, then these same people want term limits on politicians. All along, not knowing the voter has term limits all ready in place, to not keep re-electing these people.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 1:46 PM, ck63 wrote:

    These 7 states make up the majority of the 47%

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 1:49 PM, Dee1000 wrote:

    Able-bodied illegals in every state, but particularly CA and other border states, STEAL social services, ER and hospital services from our own disabled though the illegals are perfectly capable of working and paying their own bills. Illegals can come here and get preferential treatment that American citizens of european descent cannot. It's called RACIAL privilege or Affirmative Action. When the vote was taken in Congress to eliminate it, every single Democrat except Ernest Hollings voted to give PREFERENTIAL treatment - not equal - to hispanics, asians, and blacks. It is the illegals who are attacking and invading in CA and other states. This is a planned invasion called “reconquista” or “reconquer.” This makes American citizens into financial slaves who are FORCED to pay their bills on top of our own. Why should I, who cannot afford to have one child of my own, be forced to pay for those who refuse to support themselves and yet spew forth 6 or more kids?! To those who whine and accuse the taxpayer of not being “loving” to the illegals, let the illegals show courtesy, love, and respect to our laws, our country and OUR citizens.

    The blue states have the nerve to whine about the illegals. I want to see YOU sit in an ER for TWENTY HOURS (after a 10-hour work day) with a disabled friend in agonizing pain the whole time while able-bodied illegals tie up time, doctors, and resources because they receive FREE medical – while you and I (and even our disabled) have to pay their bills. There is NO REASON why they shouldn't have to work and fight in their own country or come here the RIGHT WAY without sponging off us. I will testify to all this in court any time, anywhere, and at my own expense for I have seen it firsthand for the last 25 years.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 1:51 PM, Hjin wrote:

    @graystone99, District of Columbia has THE country's strictest gun control law, and yet it has by far the number 1 gun murder rate at 16.5 per 100,000. Meanwhile, Utah, which actually has a "0" for Brady Score for gun laws, has only 0.8 per 100,000.

    Go figure, huh?

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 1:54 PM, Valmolio wrote:

    Its is very true that you get what you pay for, not what you are paid for.

    It is also true that the measure of a society is not what it does for its most able members, but what it does for the least able.

    All in all, despite the political posturing of those who believe they know better, I would sooner be a socialist than an antisocial-ist.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 1:57 PM, Dee1000 wrote:

    The reason the taxes are so high - and keep climbing higher - is because of the politicians who KEEP SPENDING!! They refuse to stay within a budget.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 1:59 PM, Dee1000 wrote:

    Valmolio is whining. Everyone has the same opportunity to make something of themselves in this country. And if he thinks that "the measure of a society is not what is does for its able, but what it does for the least able" then he needs to explain why our disabled are taxed and refused medical services that are given to ILLEGALS.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 2:04 PM, Hjin wrote:

    Valmolio, I sincerely hope you think long and hard about your statement next time when you see someone paying for a 20 oz bottle of pop with food stamps and pull out cash to buy cigarettes.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 2:25 PM, NationalJester wrote:

    I think the Motley Fool needs to re-evaluate the order of highest tax states. I think total tax as a percent of income is a better indication of the tax burden in a state.California has a gas tax and sales tax on the gas. You didn't mention the sales taxes imposed by counties, cities, and special districts. The total sales tax in California are 8 to +9%. Property taxes also have local add-ons. When all of the taxes we pay in California are added together, I think we pay the highest tax as a percent of income.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 2:34 PM, postalpolice wrote:

    Maryland should be listed at #1 in taxes. Gov. O'Malley taxes the peopleof Maryland for land, air and now rain. Yes, there is now a rain tax. This state has raised taxes and fees 37 times since O'Malley took office. Now, he feels he wants to run for President of the United States. What a joke.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 2:47 PM, windycity57 wrote:

    I moved to Arizona, when I retired. I didn't care whether it was red or blue since I don't vote based on how the majority of people in my state vote. Arizona is a red state and I should have stayed in Nevada where there is NO tax on food and NO state taxes. My retirement check would have gone a lot further. In the state of Arizona, I not only pay state taxes, but am also taxed on food and the sales tax rate goes up to as high as 9.75%. In the area I live in, I don't think there is any such thing as a good paying job. People here in this beautiful work for less state of Arizona, work two and three jobs to support their family. I suppose there may be some decent jobs in the big cities but not in the area around Prescott, What can you expect in a state run by a senator who owns 7 houses?

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 3:06 PM, susanroberta wrote:

    This is exactly why I no longer subscribe to Motley Fool.

    The inaccuracy of articles because there is no checking by anyone, is absurd.

    I have lived in New York State for all but 3 of my 58 years and New York State does not have a 4% Sales Tax Rate. Each and every county has a DIFFERENT Sales tax rate. In Putnam County it is 8.375% and in Westchester County it is 7.375%. And this is just 2 counties.

    Check your facts!!!!

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 3:48 PM, Bushnotobama wrote:

    Reality check demo-rats:

    California taxing people left and right and they are still broke!

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 3:54 PM, marine1967 wrote:

    I just escaped the Liberal Asylum of New (Jersey) Germany, where I was paying $5500.00 for a 3br ranch on less than a 1/4 acre. I am now in Kentucky, with a $405.00 tax bill, for a larger 3br ranch on 8+ acres. Best thing I ever did was to retire here. The hone in NJ is selling for $395,000.00 whereas the home I purchased was $83,000.00. Huge savings.

    My car insurance is half and my wife's nedicare is $70.00 less and prescriptions are free. Besides all of that, I can carry my gun, with no government permission, thus, I can now protect myself and family. I love Kentucky

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 3:54 PM, DaggerDaveTx wrote:

    Yikes! A lot of bashing on here. When did our country become so divided? Everyone has a label for everything. I love living in Texas and have a great quality of life but we do have some insane property taxes. Having lived in Indiana and Virginia and spending most of my summers growing up in Southern California all places have good and bad it's all relative. God Bless the USA!

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 4:00 PM, Texasdav wrote:

    Blue death spiral states. People are voting with their feet and leaving these states in droves.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 4:03 PM, 2BrokeAgain wrote:

    KANSAS would rank very high if all taxes AND FEES were included. There are 3 brackets to income tax ,,,which was lowered,,now the top bracket pays 2% more than the lowest bracket. There is Property ,,, Personal Property,,,,Sales,,,Income,,,,,,plus other taxes Plus special Fees to pay the taxes mandated. Kansas has assessors come around and value your property and even painting your home increases its value and tax you pay. Tax rates are rarely increased because property Valuation goes up instead. Backdoor approach to raising taxes but with a story like this total taxes paid by an Income of a Set Amount is NOT considered.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 5:36 PM, Imfubared wrote:

    One thing to add about Minnesota is yes, we had a 'no new taxes' governor (Pawlenty) for 8 years but his rue was, they changed it to fee's instead. Additional 'fee's' on your fishing licence. Higher 'fee's on your license plates.

    1. In Minnesota you have to pay for your garbage. They have lots of fee's and taxes on that. The point, its not included in the property tax bill like Michigan.

    In Minnesota you also pay a water usage bill that has taxes and fee's. Its not included in your property tax bill either.

    So when one compares property taxes you have to consider all of this as well. So Minnesota may very well be up there at number two or three.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 6:47 PM, dberry8953 wrote:

    Keep in mind that the "blue" stares contribute $$$ to the national budget, while red states take more, percentage -wise. Without blue states higher taxes things would be worse for everybody.

    As for myself, I live where my job is. My job pays well; I don't mind paying my share.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 8:41 PM, socialismrocks1 wrote:

    not a single red-state since reconstruction.."civi war" has been a net producer of taxes

    all red-states do is cut taxes for corporations to come to their states while having blue-states federally subsidize them via paying more in taxes

    blue-states are paying for red-states to under-cut them

    it will end soon as blue-states start demanding for every single penny they pay in federal taxes

    texas has no economy other then big goberment contracts end that and texas would be in utter poverty like the rest of the red-states

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 9:02 PM, wonderfulperson wrote:

    I live in Portland OR and we have no sales tax. Across the river, we have Vancouver, WA and they have no income tax. Bring up any ideas? If you are careful and smart you may be able to have it all by residing in WA and shopping in OR.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2013, at 12:23 AM, brady12 wrote:

    I live in Ct. Please don't imply that the dems are the reason for the rich to be successful. the states charges to breath. the troopers are not there for safety but revenue. all fines are 2x now. try to open a store. just sign checks and leave the check book at the tax office. 50 here 200 there 175 for who knows what.BUT THE BEST PART THEY SAY IF A SMALL BUSINESS CANT AFFORD TO PAY HEALTH CARE THEY SHOULD GO WITH OBAMA CARE BUT THE PEOPLE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY CANT AFFORD THE INCREDIBLE HEALTH CARE OUT SENATORS HAVE BUT THEY ARE KEEPING IT ANYWAY ON US THE STATE MADE THE STATE WORKERS PAY MORE FOR THEIR HEALTH PACKAGE BUT OUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN ARE NOT DOING THIS THEY MAKE 200,000 AND PERKS TO BOOT. THEY ALL CLAIM TO BE SERVING THE PEOPLE LIKE ITS A SACRIFICE BUT THEY GET IN YOUNG AND DIE IN OFFICE ITS THE BEST GIG IN THE WORLD DEMS AND REP I SAY TERM LIMITS

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2013, at 12:27 AM, COOLDAD1 wrote:

    The California state sales tax just went up to 9%. it is getting hard to buy anything now a days here in California.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2013, at 12:28 AM, Sincereman1 wrote:

    I agree with most of you. This is terribly written article. makes no sense. Writer need preschool math skills. needs to know 6 is greater than 4.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2013, at 1:19 AM, fwe43 wrote:

    No surprise the right wingers pounce on this article. But funny thing is, it prves they're wrong about who the people are who pay most of the taxes. Pay close attention. It's not just the tax rates they're talking about. It's the tital tax coming in. These states bring in more tax revenue because the citizens are more highly paid. Yes, we earn more on average and we pay more taxes on average. We are the ones pulling your weight.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2013, at 8:44 AM, PW118 wrote:

    Like to correct sales tax information for Illinois, yes the State Tax is 6.25, but then you have local sales tax where a I live it's 8.25%, As for low propery tax whcih is also local, for a 1100 sqft house I am paying right at $3200 per year.

    Illinois has always been run by Democrats the local city and county has always been run by democrats and it's always been tax and spend,

    With the high tax rate within the State you would think we could pay our bills, but we can't the State is broke we have no money, but that hasn't stopped the State from spending more, we have the the worst credit rating in the country to top it off,

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2013, at 11:40 AM, Hjin wrote:

    Lots of ignorant comments about states like Texas.

    First, yes Texas has high property taxes. But the total tax burden in Texas is ranked somewhere middle of the pack among the 50 states primarily due to a lack of state income tax. Pick your poison:

    Option A). No state income tax, high property taxes, good public services.

    Option B). State income tax, high property taxes, high population concentration with greater demand on public services.

    Option C). No state income tax, low property taxes, low population density and low public service.

    It's also worth mentioning that for all the people bashing Arkansas, Higher Ed magazine actually ranked it as having the 5th best K-12 education system in the US.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2013, at 2:00 PM, gumby68 wrote:

    Lets see Texas was held up as a shining example of republican rule.Middle of the pack for taxes is because a majority of them are on some sort of government assistance.Texas numbe 4 for food stamps and welfare recipient's.Most of the 10 poorest states in the country are Republican.

    Mississippi is the poorest... followed by Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama and North Carolina.

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