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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

February 2, 2006

New Census data: New York's state taxes, spending are still higher than most

New York's state taxes and spending remain significantly higher than those in most states, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

New York State spent $6,892 per resident in fiscal 2004, 43.7 percent more than the average of all states. That figure was third-highest among the 50 states, behind Alaska and Wyoming.

New York's spending was higher than most states' in a variety of areas:

Spending on police protection was relatively high in New York, while that on highways was relatively low, compared to per-capita figures in other states. Expenditures on corrections, and on parks and natural resources, were similar to those nationwide on a per-capita basis.

The state collected an average of $2,377 in taxes per person, 17.3 percent above the national average and 11th-highest in the nation. New York's personal-income tax was especially high compared to those elsewhere, at 89 percent above average on a per-capita basis.

The new Census Bureau data do not include local governments' or school districts' spending and taxes. The latest such figures, for fiscal 2002, show New York's combined state and local taxes are the highest in the nation.

The Census Bureau's latest data on state governments' spending and taxes are available at http://www.census.gov/govs/www/state04.html.