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February 2011
No. 189                    REPORT
State-Local Tax Burdens Fall in 2009 as
Tax Revenues Shrink Faster than Income
New Jersey’s Citizens Pay the Most, Alaska’s Least
By
Mark Robyn                    Introduction                                                 The goal is to focus not on the tax collec-
Staff Economist               For nearly two decades the Tax Foundation has           tors but on the taxpayers. That is, we answer
Tax Foundation                                                                        the question: What percentage of their income
                              published an estimate of the combined state-
and                           local tax burden shouldered by the residents of         are the residents of this state paying in state
Gerald Prante                 each of the 50 states. For each state, we calcu-        and local taxes? We are not trying to answer
Former Tax Foundation         late the total amount paid by the residents in          the question: How much money have state
Economist
                              taxes, then divide those taxes by the state’s total     and local governments collected? The Census
 
								
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