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Alaska has the Lowest State and Local Tax Burden in the Nation for FY 2016

Alaska’s state and local tax burden (tax collections divided by private sector personal income) was the lowest in the nation for 2016 at 4.9 percent—or -66 percent below the national average of 14.3 percent.
// In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, Alaska collected $1.3 billion in state and local taxes (net of Permanent Fund Distributions)—or $1,739 for every  man, woman, and c…

Alaska’s State and Local Government Workforce is the Second “Least Productive” in 2016

// There are two major elements to look at when examining a state’s state and local government workforce—the number of employees and the level of their …

New Hampshire has the Second Lowest Tax Burden in the Nation for 2015

// In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, New Hampshire collected $6.1 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little…

Alaska has the Lowest Tax Burden in the Nation for 2015

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, Alaska collected $1.6 billion in state and local taxes (net of Permanent Fund Distributions). While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us …

Alaska is the Eleventh Biggest Net Receiver of Federal Spending in 2013

In the course of collecting taxes and spending money, the federal government inevitably creates “winners” and “losers” across the American landscape. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013…

Alaska and Wyoming on Path to an Individual Income Tax?

In his book How Money Walks, Travis Brown analyzes the migration of money between the 50 states. His findings are compelling yet logical: since the early 1990s low-…

New Mexico has the Seventeenth Highest Tax Burden in the Nation for 2013

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, New Mexico collected $7.7 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the av…

Alaska’s Government Workforce is the Second “Least Productive” in 2013

There are two major elements to look at when examining a state’s government workforce—the number of employees and the level of their pay. Each element is measured relative to…

Severance Taxes Fuel Alaska’s Highest in the Nation Tax Burden for 2013

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Alaska collected $6.8 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the Alaska…

State Tax Collections Rise in Fiscal Year 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their state tax revenue data for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (pdf) along with the cool infographic below. The new data does not bring any g…

Alaska’s Government Workforce is the Third “Least Productive” in 2012

There are two major elements to look at when examining a state’s government workforce—the number of employees and the level of their pay. Each element is measured relative to…

Migration Patterns 2013 According to Atlas Van Lines

Obviously, we love data here at Key Policy Data. Before the internet age, most data come from the official bean counters at the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis…