Wisconsin Fifth Highest in Taxes

A study of Census Bureau data shows the state dropped one spot from two years earlier.

A Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance analysis shows state and local taxes in Wisconsin took eleven-point-seven percent of personal income in fiscal year 2002.

New York is first in the nation. Taxes there take 13 percent of income. The national average is 10.4 percent.

The alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that researches public policy.

Among Wisconsin's neighboring states, Minnesota came closest to Wisconsin with taxes taking eleven-point-three percent of personal income, the seventh highest tax burden in the country.

The last time the Census Bureau released rankings, Wisconsin was fourth in the year ending June 30th 2002.