Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Over the last two years, 36 out of 50 states have raised taxes or fees, according to data from the National Association of State Budget Officers. The combined tab comes to more than $25 billion. The worst seems to be over, with proposals for the upcoming year amounting to just $3.1 billion in new state taxes. But those figures are premised on a steadily improving economy, which means new taxes could end up a lot higher if there's a dreaded double-dip recession.
I used NASBO data to compile the total tax hikes in each state since 2009, including proposed tax increases for 2011. Then I divided each aggregate figure by the state's population, based on Census Bureau data, and ranked the states according to the amount of new taxes per person. ... Here are the states with the highest per capital tax hikes since 2009.
- New York: $8.2 billion, $419 per person
- California: $11.5 billion, $312 per person
- Delaware: $253 million, $286 per person
- Connecticut: $777 million, $221 per person
- Wisconsin: $900 million, $159 per person
- Arizona: $1 billion, $154 per person
- Kansas: $425 million, $151 per person
- Washington: $982 million, $147 per person
- Oregon: $541 million, $141 per person
- Massachusetts: $890 million, $135 per person
- New Hampshire: $161 million, $121 per person