If Texans think they pay too much in state
taxes, it's a good thing they don't live in another state.
Information from the Census Bureau shows state taxes went up an
average of 41 percent from 1994 to 2004. The inflation-adjusted tax
burden increase in 43 states, and went down in just one, Alaska.
But Texans pay the least in state taxes -- an average of
one-thousand-368 dollars per person.
Analysts blame rising education and Medicaid costs. Medicaid is
the state-federal health insurance program for the poor.
In an effort to stem rising costs, Congress passed legislation
last week to allow states to charge about 13 (M) million Medicaid
beneficiaries new or increased co-payments and premiums.
Hawaii, Wyoming, Connecticut, Minnesota and Delaware are the top
five states in tax receipts per person. Texas is followed by South
Dakota, Colorado, New Hampshire and Alabama among state collecting
the least taxes per person.