For ReleaseTuesday, May 15, 2007

ANALYSIS FINDS NEW YORK'S PER-CAPITA TAX BURDEN HIGHEST IN THE NATION

ALBANY—New York State’s per capita state and local tax burden in 2005 was the highest in the nation, according to a new analysis by the Public Policy Institute.

The Institute analyzed state and local finance data provided by the Census Bureau. The numbers, which covered the 2004-2005 fiscal year, showed that New York’s per-capita state and local tax burden was the highest in the nation at $5,770 – 56 percent above the national average of $3,699 and 7 percent above the next highest per capita burden in Connecticut.

The state’s per-capita property tax burden was the fourth highest in the nation at $1,774 – 57 percent above the national average. The highest per-capita property tax burden belonged to New Jersey.

New York’s per-capita debt burden was third highest in the nation at $12,107, an increase of 6 percent over the 2003-2004 per-capita total and 74 percent above the 2004-2005 national average.

The Institute also found that New York’s per-capita spending was the second highest in the nation at $11,841. That amount was 48 percent above the national average of $8,003.

The Census data analyzed by the Institute are available at www.census.gov/govs/www/estimate05.html.

Rank
State
Total per-capita tax burden
Rank, property tax burden
Per-capita property tax burden
Rank, debt
Per-capita debt
Rank, total per-capita expenditures
Total per-capita expenditures
1
NEW YORK
$5,770
4
$1,774
3
$12,107
2
$11,841
2
Connecticut
$5,383
2
$2,038
4
$8,845
10
$8,526
3
Wyoming
$5,246
5
$1,749
48
$3,729
3
$11,078
4
New Jersey
$4,882
1
$2,202
7
$8,361
8
$8,885
5
Massachusetts
$4,494
9
$1,616
2
$12,188
5
$9,227
6
Alaska
$4,441
12
$1,345
1
$13,197
1
$15,108
7
Hawaii
$4,332
42
$642
14
$7,287
13
$8,261
8
Maryland
$4,267
27
$999
36
$4,992
26
$7,370
9
Rhode Island
$4,181
7
$1,691
10
$8,083
9
$8,716
10
Vermont
$4,133
6
$1,695
27
$5,843
12
$8,313
11
Minnesota
$4,083
26
$1,023
18
$7,065
11
$8,484
12
California
$4,058
31
$943
11
$7,852
4
$9,507
13
Maine
$3,950
8
$1,628
34
$5,268
21
$7,735
14
Delaware
$3,885
43
$576
13
$7,382
6
$8,978
15
Wisconsin
$3,866
11
$1,408
21
$6,670
19
$7,794
16
Illinois
$3,850
10
$1,464
8
$8,124
22
$7,679
17
Nevada
$3,745
30
$961
12
$7,659
30
$7,207
18
Nebraska
$3,745
16
$1,195
40
$4,865
14
$8,112
19
Pennsylvania
$3,702
21
$1,077
9
$8,093
15
$8,080
20
Virginia
$3,655
20
$1,109
26
$5,885
38
$6,818
21
Washington
$3,654
24
$1,056
5
$8,437
7
$8,940
22
Ohio
$3,639
25
$1,044
33
$5,290
17
$8,019
23
Michigan
$3,487
14
$1,276
20
$6,800
23
$7,562
24
Kansas
$3,420
18
$1,126
23
$6,395
35
$6,885
25
Indiana
$3,402
15
$1,218
39
$4,867
40
$6,712
26
Florida
$3,365
17
$1,146
24
$6,223
27
$7,328
27
Colorado
$3,361
23
$1,059
6
$8,383
25
$7,523
28
North Dakota
$3,332
29
$974
35
$5,205
24
$7,533
29
New Hampshire
$3,298
3
$2,023
17
$7,094
42
$6,612
30
Iowa
$3,272
19
$1,113
47
$3,927
28
$7,326
31
Louisiana
$3,162
46
$537
29
$5,472
31
$7,200
32
New Mexico
$3,147
48
$448
31
$5,416
16
$8,075
33
North Carolina
$3,145
38
$743
41
$4,711
33
$6,997
34
Arizona
$3,086
35
$863
28
$5,528
43
$6,610
35
West Virginia
$3,055
44
$555
42
$4,642
39
$6,752
36
Oregon
$3,050
28
$979
16
$7,101
18
$7,988
37
Georgia
$3,030
33
$905
44
$4,179
44
$6,492
38
Texas
$3,024
13
$1,324
22
$6,588
41
$6,647
39
Missouri
$2,995
36
$810
32
$5,402
46
$6,411
40
Utah
$2,958
39
$726
25
$6,005
34
$6,993
41
Kentucky
$2,938
45
$538
15
$7,236
45
$6,461
42
Idaho
$2,927
37
$807
50
$2,784
48
$6,234
43
Montana
$2,910
22
$1,066
30
$5,448
37
$6,848
44
Arkansas
$2,898
49
$422
46
$4,031
49
$6,208
45
Oklahoma
$2,839
47
$484
45
$4,062
50
$6,202
46
South Carolina
$2,773
34
$879
19
$7,031
20
$7,758
47
South Dakota
$2,711
32
$941
37
$4,949
47
$6,383
48
Tennessee
$2,682
41
$653
43
$4,289
32
$7,196
49
Mississippi
$2,564
40
$674
49
$3,488
36
$6,861
50
Alabama
$2,564
50
$393
38
$4,944
29
$7,289
U.S. Average
$3,699
$1,132
$6,973
$8,003
NYS % +/- U.S. Average
56%
57%
74%
48%


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