The Tax Foundation released its annual State-Local Tax Burden Ranking. In what won’t be shocking to most readers, New York came in first…and that’s not a good thing. Here are the ten worst states:

1. New York 12.8%
2. New Jersey 12.4%
3. Connecticut 12.3%
4. California 11.2%
5. Wisconsin 11.1%
6. Rhode Island 10.9%
7. Minnesota 10.8%
8. Massachusetts 10.4%
9. Maine 10.3%
10. Pennsylvania 10.2%

The ten best states (those with the lowest tax burdens):

41. South Carolina 8.4%
42. Nevada 8.2%
43. Alabama 8.2%
44. New Hampshire 8.1%
45. Texas 7.9%
46. Wyoming 7.8%
47. Louisiana 7.8%
48. Tennessee 7.7%
49. South Dakota 7.6%
50. Alaska 7.0%

One observation that the Tax Foundation made is that most states have similar burdens. Note that the burden being measured is on taxes residents pay and not taxes on tourists (such as hotel excise taxes). Numerous states fall between 8.7% and 9.7%.

One interesting observation I have is that almost all of the low-tax states are “Red” states (they tend to vote Republican) while almost all of the high-tax states are “Blue” states (they tend to vote Democratic). I suspect that this is not a coincidence.