The 10 worst states for taxes

A state's tax climate can affect not only how far dollars stretch but also whether businesses want to locate there.

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Mar 3, 2013 7:34AM
Could you please condense this on ONE page! Is anyone else irritated by having to pass through multiple pages in MSN articles to read what can fit on one page?
Mar 3, 2013 7:03AM

Hey, EinBayer!

You stated: "How would the government finance all the social programs?" That's just it! we don't want all of the "Social Programs" we just want to be protected from enemies, have a decent infrastructure, better Social Security and a few programs for those who do need them.

We are not Europe! we do not want to be Europe! Europe Sucks! Europe is bankrupt from all the "Social Programs" they provide.

The sense of Entitlement is bankrupting America.




Mar 3, 2013 4:27AM
All blue states. And most are just about bankrupt. And their state governments can't figure out why no businesses want to set up shop there.
A lot of tax revenues are stolen to pay for unnecessary bureaucratic perks.  If you walk into any Government agency, and the "workers" (if they work at all) have a luxurious staff car, a desk costing more than $1000.00, and a health care package that's better than anything President Obama will allow YOU...then that bureaucrat should be arrested!
Mar 3, 2013 4:42AM



Mar 3, 2013 5:03AM
We are paying more taxes and it is President Obama's fault. Our country was really stupis for re-electing him. The fualt for higher taxes lies squarley on these liberal / Socialist types who want to take away from us who work hard and redistribute to those who did absolutley nothing to earn it. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP RIGHT NOW! Let's speak out for freedom and stop high taxes and rampant runaway spending.
The only thing MD has going for it is federal government jobs. That is what keeps them afloat. Businesses are leaving left and right.
Mar 3, 2013 10:12AM
Where is Illinois? Corporations are leaving as fast as they can pack. Plus, we have to have the highest corrupion rate in he country.
Mar 3, 2013 8:41AM
Yeah, I live i n NY. And they wonder while everyone is bailing.
Mar 3, 2013 10:18AM
And get this, My parentst had been paying school taxes in Pa. since we're already out of school since the 70's and is still paying it. Both of our beloved parents passed away and now we have to pay the school taxes. Is this unfair? What about those illegal aliens's children who attend school may not pay taxes and was paid under the table to avoid paying taxes, no thanks to contractors, business, and restaurants, cleaning company who had been doing this illegal praxctice for years yet I haven't heard any crackdown on these business. Does anyone out there feel this way?
Mar 3, 2013 8:10AM
If you like guns, but hate libtards, hate way too many laws on the books, and hate being taxed to death.  Stay clear of The People's Republic of Maryland.
MD is going to jump to the front if they implement the sales tax on top of the $.27 cent per gallon gas tax. THAT is scary. Raising the per gallon tax is one thing, percentage of cost on a NECESSITY is quite another.
Mar 3, 2013 8:40AM

The current federal income tax system is clearly broken -- unfair, overly complex, and almost impossible for most Americans to understand. But there is a reasonable, bipartisan alternative that is both fair and easy to understand. A system that allows you to keep your whole paycheck and only pay taxes on what you spend.

The FairTax is a national sales tax that treats every person equally and allows American businesses to thrive, while generating the same tax revenue as the current four-million-word-plus word tax code. Under the FairTax, every person living in the United States pays a sales tax on purchases of new goods and services, excluding necessities due to . The FairTax rate after necessities is 23% and equal to the lowest current income tax bracket (15%) combined with employee payroll taxes (7.65%), both of which will be eliminated.

Mar 3, 2013 9:36AM

I see below that my post has more negative responses than positive.  Must be the comment on medical insurance.  My reasoning is that the medical costs in this country are approaching 20% of GDP.  This is what has to stop.  The old quip about death and taxes was true years ago.  Now death by taxes might be more appropriate.  I have enough in assets that I must have medical insurance, though I'm not wealthy by a loooooong shot.  My employer cannot provide it therefore I pay my own with after tax dollars.  Frankly I'm not interested in subsidizing anyone's health insurance via taxes before I am able to pay for my own.  This goes for gov't employees at all levels, welfare recipients, retirees, union employees, this list goes on and on.  And to boot the insurance companies overhead runs about 20%+++ of premiums which includes mega profits.  Medicare runs about 4% and most on it love the way it works as opposed to private insurance. 

          Medicare for all is the best way to go.  After all we're already insuring all the bums in this country.  Only at inflated costs rather ones we can control.      

Mar 3, 2013 11:01AM
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no... one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on) These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

EDUCATE YOURSELF on what's happening to our freedoms!  Quit calling each other names like a bunch of children!!!  It's so frustrating.
Mar 3, 2013 7:46AM

To you who are pointing out all that taxes "do for us," take a moment and consider what you are saying.  Before 1913, there weren't income taxes.  They probably still created lists such as these.  You take a narrow view of how things are, and assume that because this is the way they are done, it's the only way to do it.


Do you think for a second that, left to their own devices, a free market and creative populace would not have been able to create a higher quality of living?  Even infrastructure would have been sorted out by common concurrence.

Mar 3, 2013 10:02AM
Always amazed that the State of Virginia NEVER hits these lists and it's a US State that taxes individuals to death, Federal, State, and Local taxes, auto property taxes and local city/county auto stickers, garage sale sign / permission tax, auto inspections costs. . . .   
Mar 3, 2013 8:56AM
Tennessee also has no state income tax.....better check your facts before you post your article
Mar 3, 2013 8:09AM
I'm  very surprised that Taxylvania didn't make the list.
CA and NY are bad (and actually TX is too) they are so labor intensive to just file sales taxes. I had to set aside a day each for each of those states to prepare and review. MD took about 10 minutes. That is one thing states also are dense about. The hidden costs of people having to actually prepare complex returns.
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