Today Growth and Justice and the Minnesota Budget Project sent out a joint press release on new U.S. Census figures on state taxes and expenditures. Minnesota ranks as a near-average state – 19th – in total state and local taxes, measured as a percentage of income for Fiscal Year 2006. Minnesota is not a high tax state. This is actually old news – our ranking has been around 19th for several years now.
And what’s more, we’re below-average when it comes to total public-sector investment in the state. That’s right, I said below-average. Minnesota ranks 32nd among states using a more comprehensive measure of the size of state and local government that includes all sources of funding – taxes plus all other sources of revenue, such as federal aid and tuition at public colleges and universities. This decline in public investment will (or has) hurt our quality of life.
I’d be happy to share additional numbers I’ve crunched – just send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org