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West Virginia has the Third Highest State and Local Tax Burden in the Nation for FY 2016

West Virginia’s state and local tax burden (tax collections divided by private sector personal income) was the third highest in the nation for FY 2016 at 18.5 percent—or 30 percent above the national average of 14.3 percent.
// In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, West Virginia collected $7.2 billion in state and local taxes—or $3,926 for every man, woman, and child. While this is an i…

West Virginia’s State and Local Government Workforce is the Fifteenth “Most 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 …

West Virginia has the Fourth Highest Tax Burden in the Nation for 2015

  In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, West Virginia collected $7.5 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the…

United Van Lines Migration Data Shows Taxes Matter

// Obviously, we love data here at Key Policy Data. Before the internet age, most data come from the official bean counters at the Census Bure…

West Virginia had a Shrinking Population in 2015

According to the most recent state and county population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as shown in Chart 1, West Virginia had a shrinking population in 2015 and, correspo…

West Virginia is the Fifth Biggest Net Receiver of Federal Spending in 2013

    Please share Infographic (right click, "save image as")   In the course of collecting taxes and spending money, the federal government inevitably creates “winners” …

West Virginia’s Government Workforce is the Eleventh “Most 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…

West Virginia has a Shrinking Population in 2014

According to the most recent state and county population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as shown in Chart 1, West Virginia had a shrinking population in 2014 and, correspo…

West Virginia has the Fifteenth Highest Tax Burden in the Nation for 2013

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, West Virginia collected $7.2 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the…

West Virginia’s Government Workforce is the Ninth “Most 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…

West Virginia has the Ninth Highest Tax Burden in the Nation for 2011

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, West Virginia collected $7 billion in state and local taxes. While this is an impressive sum of money, it tells us little about whether or not the a…