Where Taxes Are Headed In Your State

Changes range from $419 in new taxes per person in New York to $3 in tax cuts per person in Alaska.

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With tax revenues down sharply, most states face a grim choice: Hike taxes during a weak economy, slash spending, or do both. A few states have managed to hold taxes steady and a few have even cut taxes. But in most states, the tax burden has gone up.

[Read more about the states where taxes are rising the most.]

Here's a state-by-state breakdown of tax changes since the recession began, based on data from the National Association of State Budget Officers. The following numbers include the total amount of new taxes since 2009, including proposed tax increases or decreases for the upcoming year. The states are ranked by the change in tax burden per person:

State New and proposed taxes since 2009, millions of dollars New taxes per person
New York 8,179 $419
California 11,545 $312
Delaware 253 $286
Connecticut 777 $221
Wisconsin 900 $159
Arizona 1,014 $154
Kansas 425 $151
Washington 982 $147
Oregon 541 $141
Massachusetts 890 $135
New Hampshire 161 $121
Nevada 296 $112
Colorado 537 $107
North Carolina 983 $105
Hawaii 125 $96
Rhode Island 96 $91
Minnesota 439 $83
Maine 93 $71
Michigan 504 $51
Tennessee 265 $42
Kentucky 159 $37
Florida 553 $30
Mississippi 84 $28
Utah 77 $28
Iowa 70 $23
New Mexico 44 $22
Illinois 220 $17
Georgia 150 $15
South Dakota 6 $7
Maryland 33 $6
New Jersey 50 $6
Arkansas 16 $5
Virginia 9 $1
Texas 16 $1
Pennsylvania 2 $0
Idaho 0 $0
Montana 0 $0
Oklahoma 0 $0
South Carolina 0 $0
Wyoming 0 $0
Nebraska -1 -$1
Missouri -15 -$2
Alaska -2 -$3
Alabama -13 -$3
Louisiana -73 -$16
West Virginia -80 -$44
Indiana -321 -$50
Ohio -1,220 -$106
North Dakota -195 -$301

Note: The data are from the beginning of fiscal year 2009, which began July 1, 2008, in most states. The recession technically began in December 2007, which would not have started to affect state budget decisions until the following year.

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  • Rick Newman

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