Taxes Soar in Ohio

Published September 1, 2004

State and local taxes are soaring in Ohio, according to a May editorial in the Wall Street Journal.

“State-local taxes have risen considerably in Ohio over the past several years, reaching 11.3 percent of [state residents’] income,” according to an editorial in the May 4 issue of the Wall Street Journal, citing data from the Tax Foundation.

“That makes Ohio’s state-local tax burden the third highest in the nation. Only the state and local governments of New York and Maine take a larger fraction of their citizens’ income,” said Tax Foundation economist Scott Moody. “As recently as 2000, Ohio had just the 13th highest state-local tax burden. In 1997 Ohio ranked 20th, and in 1990 it ranked 30th.”

“State rankings rarely change this rapidly,” said Moody.

In 2004, the nation’s average state-local tax burden was 10.0 percent of residents’ income, with the highest being New York’s 12.9 percent and the lowest being Alaska’s 6.3 percent.


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Estimates of state-local tax burdens for every state can be found on the Tax Foundation Web site at

Comparisons of the 50 states’ tax burdens in every year since 1970 are available online at