TIME brands N.C. a high-tax state

The Web-based version of this TIME story doesn’t convey the same message as the one-page version in the latest magazine. Perhaps that’s good news for North Carolina, since the graphics in the print publication clearly label North Carolina a high-tax state, along with California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

TIME plots each state’s ranking for corporate, individual, property, and sales taxes on X and Y axes, then connects the dots between those rankings. The worse the rankings, the larger the “area” shaded in the diagram. North Carolina and the other nine states listed above are grouped together as having the worst overall rankings.

Note the absence of other Southeastern states on that list. Perhaps it’s time for North Carolina to consider tax reform.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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