When considering which state has the greediest politicians, the flippant (but understandable) answer is to say “all of them.”
According to the Fraser Institute, we can assume that Delaware apparently has the worst politicians and New Hampshire has the best ones.
According to comprehensive calculations in Freedom in the 50 States, New York’s politicians seem to be the worst and Florida’s are the best.
But what if we just want to know the state where politicians squeeze the most money from taxpayers? In other words, which state has the worst tax system?
The Tax Foundation gives us part of the answer in their review of state income tax burdens.
Individual income taxes are a major source of state government revenue, accounting for 37 percent of state tax collections. …Forty-one tax wage and salary income… Of those states taxing wages, nine have single-rate tax structures… Conversely, 32 states levy graduated-rate income taxes… Top marginal rates range from North Dakota’s 2.9 percent to California’s 13.3 percent.
It’s very good to live in a gray state (no income tax!) and you definitely don’t want to live in a red or maroon state.
Hawaii and New Jersey are the next worst states, followed by Oregon and Minnesota. Though it’s definitely worth noting that there’s a local income tax in New York City, which would put the residents of that unfortunate community (if NYC was a state) in second place after California.
P.P.S. The maroon and red states are obviously among the worst places to be an entrepreneur, investor, or business owner, though people with lots of unrealized capital gains fortunately don’t have to worry (yet!) about punitive tax laws.