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States Ranked by Total Taxes and Per Capita Amount: 2005

by EdH / April 10, 2006 9:39 PM PDT

Interesting to see how the states rank. My state, which was voted "most livable" three years in a row is close to the bottom (least taxed). The state next door, which is in most ways very similar, is the most taxed per capita.
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Aaargh! Here's the link
by EdH / April 10, 2006 9:42 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) CT fourth per capita ... I'm so proud! :-(
by Evie / April 10, 2006 11:35 PM PDT
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Maybe that explains the driving?
by EdH / April 10, 2006 11:44 PM PDT

Have to travel through CT this weekend. The entire N to S length. Dreading it, as usual.

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(NT) (NT) Surprize - California 9th - I woulda thunk top 5
by null. / April 11, 2006 4:54 AM PDT
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It's got to be the high population ...
by Evie / April 11, 2006 4:58 AM PDT

... of people that don't pay taxes that dilutes out the per capita. It's the only way to explain NY ranked below CT, as I know for a fact NYS has higher tax rates on just about everything than CT -- higher sales tax, higher income tax, higher property taxes. CT only has the vehicle tax but there's no way that makes up the difference!

Evie Happy

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(NT) (NT) yup, that is the only way
by null. / April 11, 2006 11:03 AM PDT
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by Terry Browne / April 11, 2006 6:01 AM PDT

You should be proud. It's good to contribute to public services.

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Give everything...
by EdH / April 11, 2006 8:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Congratulations!

for the goods of the masses.

Property is theft, right?

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Just a correction
by Terry Browne / April 11, 2006 5:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Give everything...

It's late and I need to go back to bed but have to correct you on the following: I didn't say EVERYTHING.

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How much should you give?
by Evie / April 11, 2006 9:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Just a correction

Or better yet, how much of what you earn should you be "allowed" to keep? This is a serious question. I'm asking for a percentage of income here.

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by Terry Browne / April 11, 2006 10:32 PM PDT

I think taxes should be progressive so you pay a higher percentage the higher your income.

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They already are...
by EdH / April 11, 2006 10:37 PM PDT
In reply to: IMHO

and the majority of taxes are paid by the hated rich.

Just how do you justify higher income earners (who, BTW are already contributing more to the economy) being soaked at a higher rate? Any morality to that or is it just "they have the bucks, so lets take it?"

Philosophy of thieves, seems to me.

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Vague cop out
by Evie / April 11, 2006 10:43 PM PDT
In reply to: IMHO

Do you think the percent you should have to give change so that the bottom line everyone gets to keep the same amount?

Try to put SOME numbers to it.

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Right behind ya
by null. / April 11, 2006 11:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Congratulations!

That is in line to sign it all away.

Go away with your socialist attitudes and ideas

you and yours will just wither and die eventually anyway.
Leaving the world for the conservatives as it should be
I just don't think I'll live another 100 years to see it.

Don Erickson
Mr. California Republican

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I prefer to do that of my own free will ...
by Evie / April 11, 2006 11:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Congratulations!

... to organizations better suited to the task than wasteful government.

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Free will? Who do you think you are?
by EdH / April 11, 2006 12:09 PM PDT

Obviously the collective knows better how to use the fruits of your labor.

This freedom stuff is vastly overrated.

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Tell me...
by Terry Browne / April 11, 2006 5:26 PM PDT

what is it that isn't being done now that would be done if you didn't pay taxes? Another car? An additional trip to Bermudas? A new barberque for the summer?

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What it is is NONE of your business
by Evie / April 11, 2006 9:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Tell me...

What is it you do with what is left after you pay taxes? I can think of a number of ways to better spend MY money than giving it to the state to give to someone else.

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That's what I thought you would answer.
by Terry Browne / April 11, 2006 10:34 PM PDT

"I can think of a number of ways to better spend MY money than giving it to the state to give to someone else."

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I don't have a problem with my answer,
by Evie / April 11, 2006 10:45 PM PDT

I answer to Him as to my generosity to help others and I'm fine with that. I notice you don't answer what it is you spend your money on. Not that it is any of my business, but do you have some baseline figure of $$ you feel everyone should keep to spend on the necessities? Above that, should anyone be able to own or do anything with the rest of what they earn?

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All legitimate economic activity....
by EdH / April 11, 2006 10:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Tell me...

that helps people and rewards good work. Vastly preferable to throwing it down the greedy government rathole.

Or, it can be put into savings. We're always hearing that Americans don't save enough.

WHO should have the choice?

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Isn't it odd how closely the per capita rank
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / April 11, 2006 1:23 PM PDT

parallels the social services per capita and education quality rankings... IOW, TAANSTAFL, or you get what you pay for. The real problem is those who want world-class services and education on very little outlay -- not gonna happen, not gonna happen!

-- Dave K, Speakeasy Moderator
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The opinions expressed above are my own,
and do not necessarily reflect those of CNET!

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And which states are experiencing job growth and which ...
by Evie / April 11, 2006 2:45 PM PDT

... are bleeding jobs and residents. There was a report on CT schools. They may appear to rank high, but in the "get what you pay for" category they are extremely inefficient on average. Think DC Dave. They spend the most on education and rank at the bottom. IOW, there is some correlation, but money isn't everything.

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"education quality rankings"?
by MarkatNite / April 11, 2006 3:31 PM PDT

Did I miss a link somewhere?

I's axing cuz I be thinkin' we ain't no second - Mark

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(NT) (NT) How about a cite from any source at all? (Non-web OK)
by MarkatNite / April 12, 2006 1:57 PM PDT
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Dave, my low tax state...
by EdH / April 11, 2006 8:29 PM PDT

also ranks very high in ediucation and has a high prercentage of very educated citizens. It's all part of the "most livable" thing.

True, we're not big on the amount of welfare shelled out, but some would say that's a GOOD thing.

Note that high tax states like NY and Massachusetts also have many welfare and education problems.

Not everyone wants "world class (French?) services". Some of us prefer world-class Freedom. SOCIALISM DOES NOT WORK!!!!!

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My new state's ranking as 2nd lowest per capita....
by Josh K / April 11, 2006 5:00 AM PDT one reason we moved here. In New Jersey our 2nd income was mainly needed to cover the taxes.

I was surprised to see Arkansas near the top of the per capita rankings. You'd think with all that tax revenue the schools wouldn't suck so badly.

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I thought about you when I saw this
by Dragon / April 11, 2006 5:07 AM PDT

BTW, I was watching TV earlier, when they were talking about this. They apparently got the total tax mixed up with per capita tax.

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(NT) (NT) ...and it's the REDEST of the red states...LOL
by Jack Ammann / April 11, 2006 9:54 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) I wonder sometimes if Josh catches that ultimate irony!
by Evie / April 11, 2006 11:37 AM PDT

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