Wallethub ranks state ninth worst for taxpayer return on investment

By T. Scott Boatright

In a new study by the WalletHub website on where residents of the 50 states are getting the most bang for the buck for their tax dollars, the state of Louisiana finds itself in the bottom 10.

The analysis ranked Louisiana 42nd nationally. That analysis noted that taxpayer return on investment (ROI) is not uniform across the country and assigned each state a rank for total taxes paid per capita and an overall government services rank.
From that information, WalletHub determined rankings on how efficient each individual state was in spending taxpayer revenue.

The study ranked government services based on efficiency of public services provided in the areas of health, education, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution, according to WalletHub. Louisiana ranked 11th on taxes paid per capita and 50th on the quality of its government services.

New Hampshire was determined by the study to have the top tax dollar return on investment, followed by Florida, South Dakota, Virginia and Missouri to round out the top five.

States ranking worse than Louisiana were Arkansas, New York, Nevada, Delaware, North Dakota, New Mexico, California and Hawaii, in that respective order.


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