The states with the lowest average state and local tax burdens, as a share of income, are:
1. Alaska, 7 percent
2. South Dakota, 7.6 percent
3. Tennessee, 7.7 percent
4. Louisiana, 7.8 percent
5. Wyoming, 7.8 percent
Alabama is eighth-lowest with average combined state and local taxes of 8.2 percent. Georgia is 18th lowest with an average combined rate of 9 percent.
Source: Tax Foundation. "State and Local Tax Burdens: All States, One Year, 1977 - 2010"
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...