The #WellRunState’s High Tax Burden
Marylander’s forego nearly 11 percent of their income to state and local taxes, the seventh highest rate in the nation.
During fiscal year 2011 Marylanders forked over 10.6 percent of their income, well above the national average of 9.8 percent, to the state, their county, and local municipalities according to the Tax Foundation’s Annual State-Local Tax Burden Study.
Using data collected from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis the report calculates state and local tax burdens as a share of state residents’ income.
Maryland, along with Delaware were the only two states to see an increase in residents’ tax burden as a share of income between fiscal years 2010 and 2011.
In fact, Maryland jumped six spots in the income burden rankings from 13th in 2009 to 7th in 2011.
Since the report only uses data from fiscal year 2011, it does not include the significant income tax hike levied by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2012, or the rain tax and gas tax increase implemented in 2013.
A recent Gallup Poll found that 67 percent of Marylanders thought their taxes were too high, and a subsequent Gallup poll found that nearly half of all Marylanders would leave the state if they could, citing taxes as a uniquely important factor in their decision.
Now, all the above data is what Governor O’Malley and defenders of the Maryland Democratic machine would call “anecdotal.” Others claim that this high tax burden “pays for civilization” and that it is the cost for government services they want.
Of course, they fail to mention the billions in taxpayer dollars wasted by state agencies* in not providing those services.
*Disclosure, I was paid by the Hogan for Governor Campaign to compile and analyze the legislative audits listed in the link.