10 states where taxpayers get the worst bang for their buck

Paying taxes and not seeing the government services they're supposed to fund.

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May 7, 2014 10:06PM
May 7, 2014 8:59PM
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Mile after mile of abandon Philadelphia projects and slums, millions upon millions of single moms across the USA for the past 50 years , my tax dollars at work
May 8, 2014 8:51AM
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So after over 50 years of government spending and redistribution of wealth why haven't we won the "War on Poverty"? 

 

How effective has that money been spent?  Have we won yet?  How much is enough?

 

When should we reduce the spending and the number of government workers involved in the war?

 

Redistribution of wealth in an area that the centralized federal government has no constitutionally based role.  Charity should begin at home, within family first.

May 8, 2014 8:30AM
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You can just about pick any place in the U.S. for that matter where you can see our tax dollars not at work for us tax payers. Just look at our infrastructures such as bridges that are below standards, many road and highways in need of repair, millions of dollars being wasted by the federal government on routers not being used that have been stored in storage facilities, money spent on duplicate programs supported by our politian's in Washington, continuing raising the debt ceiling this administration is guilty of doing and the millions of dollars wasted on a healthcare website that had bugs in it and the list goes on and on. When are we all going to wake up and say we've had enough?
May 8, 2014 12:17AM
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Less bang for the buck......how about our federal government, screwing every taxpayer.
May 7, 2014 8:44PM
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How about all the wonder our FEDERAL tax dollars have achieved? Obama and his social communist agenda have single handedly WASTED more money than ALL OTHER past Presidents COMBINED!!!! All the QE, stimulus, and Obamacare and we have the worst economy, unemployment, and job participation rate sense the Great Depression.
May 8, 2014 12:19PM
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What about the shovel ready jobs?  I guess they are as non-existant as Hope and Change.
May 7, 2014 8:59PM
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Announced today, the current administration is relaxing H1B Visas for high- tech workers and spouses allowing more competition in the middle-class. Fasebook is among the more prominent lobbyists.

Once the visa is granted, the grantees' spouse can accompany and apply for work in the US.

In the meantime, we can support via social services.

Thank you, Mr. President....... *&^%$#@*.

May 8, 2014 9:18AM
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Taxes on wages (in any form – flat or progressive) are the greatest evil of our American Republic. When government is free to steal from you, there are no limits to waste and abuse in government. If a person chooses to work extra hours or two jobs in order to better provide for themselves or their family, they should not be penalized, but that is what happens. The more you make by working harder and longer, the more money is stolen from you, and given to those who spend their lives living off the hard work of others.

The revenue the government needs to provide legitimate constitutional services should be obtained primarily from a national sales tax instead of a tax on wages. All would pay based on consumption, the more you spend the more you pay. The more luxury you surround yourself with, the more you pay. Your choice. A national sales tax system would capture money spent by criminals and by illegal aliens who currently pay near zero in taxes. There would need to be some exemptions: Cars (already have a federal excise tax) Primary Residence/Rental Properties (vacation homes would be subject to tax/rental profit would be taxed) Fresh Food (Preprocessed foods and prepared meals would be taxed – only fresh/fresh frozen/canned goods would be exempt) Insurance Premiums, Health Care & Certified Education.

Adding another layer of tax to a business would not be fair. Businesses would need to be compensated by keeping a portion of the tax to cover the expense of collection and reporting. A percentage of .20 to .05 would be fair.

May 8, 2014 1:17PM
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It didn’t happen all at once, but the dream that was the United States of America, the Great Republic, has died. Other countries hostile to the idea of true freedom didn’t cause it; it wasn’t caused by a radical religious organization. The downfall of the United States was all from within its own borders, by its own people. The people, for whom others have died, have allowed the country to die a slow death. The me too, me first attitude that started many years ago, along with the idea that all are entitled to the fruits of others hard work, has allowed this country to bleed to death. When the British raised the tax on tea, our forefathers should have just shut up and paid the tax. Almost 240 years later, what has changed? Thousands have died for absolutely nothing.

May 7, 2014 8:18PM
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Our tex dollars do work. But, they will work more if Obummer, Biden, Johnny Boy and others will get bigger planes with bigger belly shutes so they can drop more money faster on the countries they fly over.  While our people in America suffer, a lady who lost her husband fighting wildfires, Katrina victims and others get little or no help, our taxes are dropped on people that hate us in order to keep them from ganging up and whipping the ashes off the clowns in washington, d.c..  The clowns call it "aid" and we all know it is "buying friendship" money.  Our taxes at work.
May 8, 2014 7:27AM
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California needs to be responsible for their environment especially inland waters and the beautiful ocean. Try fishing in the ocean in front of the waste sewage plant in Marina Del Rey. Lots of deformed fish. The Long Beach Harbor where the L.A. River(flood control) dumps garbage into the harbor from gutters through the L.A. area is another sore spot. Most fish I caught in that area as a kid are gone. Shiner perch, fork tail perch, queen fish, halibut and rock crabs are disappearing from the shore line.  Big multi gallon plastic containers roll around on the bottom near Belmont pier along with thousands of small balls that wash up on shore. Most beaches run tractors early in the a.m. to remove trash from the sand but the ocean is very polluted. Ever heard of Lake Smells More? That's another story. They have the money but select groups monopolize it for other special purposes. Maybe dividing the state in half would be easier for them to manage their environment.

May 14, 2014 8:27AM
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notice how the bigger government gets , the worse America gets?
May 9, 2014 8:24AM
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I'm not bang'n the southern states; the whole country has potential. I wonder how many people vote pro weed laws into effect but don't vote for anything else or take a position on anything. Instead of voting and taking part with issues to be dealt with that are more serious; People vote weed into the communities. The 535 gurus that run this country are stuck with a burning ship.
May 14, 2014 8:26AM
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lets see after spending nearly 5 trillion dollars at the federal and state level , the schools, roads, bridges, are crumbling.  poverty, food stamp use are at an all time high. 17 trillion in debt, declining wages....wow isn't government great!!!
May 8, 2014 7:54AM
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In one form or another, depending on what you are buying one could say all 50 states Due to obama's attack on the middle class. Or should I say as the idiot Obama has said; 57 states!
May 8, 2014 8:04AM
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Msn writers can you add IL-Linois in the article? Please o Please! Is it possible to actually research numbers like this from a computer; as an article writer; and get real numbers.  I would expect that with out actually living in all these states it is not possible to come up with valid numbers. Where is the great state that I live in; Its not listed! Shocking! There is not 1 person I know that is enjoying the tax issues here. At the end of the day it cuts into businesses bottom line. More money to the state and less money to the sole proprietors  Why would any one keep paying or want to do business here? I cant believe you added the southern states; makes it look like Podunk hick towns. I guess IL-Linois is a real go getter; as in go get the peoples money.


For the person that wanted to know why it was good to see people with money and people with no money in a previous post.  Answer: rain and shine cant have just one. Not sure about other people; I have had to work like anyone else.

May 14, 2014 8:44AM
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In the US if you own a Semi/Tractor-Trailer you are required to pay what is called a Federal Highway Use Tax.  It is $550 per truck no matter how many you own!  So, if you're a big trucking company, say like Swift or JB Hunt who owns around 1,000 or more trucks that comes up to $550,000.00 that the money is supposed to go for HIGHWAY USE.....................Doesn't happen!  Where does the money go?  Funny, how no one ever reveals "THE REST OF THE STORY"!!
May 7, 2014 8:40PM
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Interesting.  I read an article just today that says a study by Wallethub shows Alabama gets 3.28 for every federal tax dollar spent.  Somebody must have watched too many "ask your doctor" ads and be somewhat confused.  So, which is it?  And California is 340 billion in debt.  But, the chinese are buying up California so I guess the chinese will pay off that debt with the profit they make after taking the homes of the people.  Our country is doomed and I'm okay with that.  It has been going downhill for years.
May 14, 2014 9:12AM
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high taxes and big government are the quickest way to destroy a country...
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