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.
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.