Mailbag: Is Pennsylvania Taxed Too Little?

In response to a blog post on Pennsylvania’s bleak budget future, a reader took issue with the claim that Pennsylvania has the 10th highest state and local tax burden in the nation. The reader disputed the claim by pointing out that Pennsylvania has one of the lowest state personal income tax rates in the country. While this is true, it doesn’t provide the full picture of the tax burden placed on working Pennsylvanians.

Below is just a partial list of the taxes Pennsylvanians must pay (Special thanks to the Tax Foundation for compiling state comparisons):

When looking at all the taxes Pennsylvanians pay, its impossible to say we live in a low-tax state. It’s also pretty clear low-tax states have greater job and income growth than high tax states.