Using Census Data, the foundation reports Pennsylvania’s per-capita income at $43,796, with $4,463 going to state and local taxes. Of that total $3,054 was paid to the commonwealth, and $1,409 per capita was paid to other states. In comparison, the US average for taxes paid to other states is $1,358.
In 1990 US taxpayers contributed approximately 9.9% of their income to state and local taxes, Pennsylvanians paid 9.8%. While the US average has decline (to 9.7%), PA’s tax burden has risen to 10.2% in 2008. That may not seem like a big difference, but for a family of four 0.4% means approximately $700.
Perhaps our high tax burden is related to the fact that Pennsylvania legislators make $76,163 a year, ranking fourth behind New York, Michigan, and California.