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Thursday, June 1, 2006

NEW CENSUS DATA SHOW NEW YORK LEADS IN STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, WITH TOTAL OVER $100 BILLION

ALBANY—New York once again leads the nation in combined state and local taxes, and the total burden is now over $100 billion, the latest authoritative data from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

The data for fiscal 2004, released today by the Census Bureau, put New York’s per-capita tax burden at $5,260, 53 percent above the national average of $3,447. Connecticut’s tax burden, the second-highest in the nation, was $339 per person lower than New York's.

That adds up to a total additional tax burden of $34 billion on New Yorkers, compared to what they would have paid if state and local taxes here were on a par with the national average, according to the Public Policy Institute, the research affiliate of The Business Council of New York State.

New York’s per capita property tax burden was the fourth highest in the nation at $1,677 in taxes levied by local governments. That was 54 percent higher than the national average of $1,086.

Besides high taxes, New York's state and local-government leaders have incurred a heavy debt burden on behalf of taxpayers. The Institute's analysis found that state and local debt in New York was $11,377 for every state resident, the third-heaviest debt burden in the nation, and 71 percent above the national average.

The Institute analyzed new data posted on the Census Bureau Web site May 31. The Census data, which include detailed financial figures for each state, are available at www.census.gov/govs/www/estimate04.html.

Rank
State
Per capita tax
burden in 2004
Total state and local taxes in 2004
1
New York
$5,260
101,426,262
2
Connecticut
$4,921
17,220,114
3
New Jersey
$4,555
39,558,277
4
Wyoming
$4,437
2,245,265
5
Massachusetts
$4,217
27,015,147
6
Maryland
$4,016
22,331,127
7
Rhode Island
$3,891
4,202,266
8
Hawaii
$3,813
4,812,056
9
Minnesota
$3,811
19,423,637
10
Maine
$3,789
4,982,541
11
California
$3,736
133,893,624
12
Wisconsin
$3,714
20,440,988
13
Vermont
$3,681
2,286,183
14
Alaska
$3,610
2,375,631
15
Nebraska
$3,609
6,307,884
16
Delaware
$3,608
2,994,328
17
Illinois
$3,555
45,190,729
18
Washington
$3,452
21,424,928
19
Pennsylvania
$3,447
42,717,857
20
Ohio
$3,419
39,151,223
21
Nevada
$3,417
7,971,598
22
Kansas
$3,380
9,241,973
23
Virginia
$3,342
25,002,305
24
Michigan
$3,313
33,478,182
25
Colorado
$3,169
14,581,562
26
New Hampshire
$3,133
4,069,671
27
Florida
$3,094
53,789,454
28
Iowa
$3,054
9,018,748
29
Indiana
$2,999
18,675,024
30
North Dakota
$2,989
1,901,047
31
North Carolina
$2,929
25,012,464
32
Oregon
$2,917
10,474,210
33
Louisiana
$2,899
13,065,430
34
Texas
$2,881
64,738,772
35
Georgia
$2,877
25,654,760
36
Arizona
$2,871
16,481,174
37
New Mexico
$2,861
5,444,158
38
Missouri
$2,822
16,255,378
39
Kentucky
$2,767
11,460,494
40
West Virginia
$2,740
4,967,505
41
Utah
$2,735
6,621,225
42
Idaho
$2,728
3,805,827
43
Oklahoma
$2,677
9,434,943
44
South Carolina
$2,662
11,176,606
45
Montana
$2,623
2,431,335
46
South Dakota
$2,615
2,015,928
47
Tennessee
$2,536
14,946,638
48
Arkansas
$2,536
6,973,165
49
Mississippi
$2,444
7,088,719
50
Alabama
$2,328
10,535,366
United States avg./total
$3,447
1,010,277,275
New York % above national average
53%