Here's why Minnesota's relatively high tax rate isn't necessarily a bad thing

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You know the old saying, "You get what you pay for?" WalletHub's state-by-state analysis of what residents pay in state taxes compared to the services they get for them shows that Minnesota taxpayers are getting at least that much.

The study finds that Minnesota has the best government services in the entire nation. However, only 12 states (including D.C.) have higher tax rates. When the two are put together, Minnesota comes out with the 17th-best return on investment (ROI) with regard to taxes of any state.

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WalletHub's government services analysis looks at infrastructure, education, health care, public safety, economic performance, and pollution. Here's how Minnesota fared compared to the other top 10 states:

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An interactive WalletHub graph shows that while residents of states where the government is controlled by Republicans generally pay less taxes, then also get worse services -- no big surprise there:
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And here's a state-by-state interactive map, with green symbolizing better ROI and red the opposite:
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Here are the top states for tax ROI:

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And here's the bottom of the list:

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Overall, the study found that states with governments controlled by Democrats had slightly better tax ROIs than Republican states, with average rankings of 24.74 and 27.29, respectively (one being the best, 51 the worst).

With this year's election season heating up, WalletHub's goes to show that taxes need not be a losing issue for DFLers -- if they can make the case that the cash Minnesotans kick into state coffers pays for useful, quality of life-increasing services and not regrettable photo-ops of this sort.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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41 comments
eddogg67
eddogg67

Too bad most people paying for all these services won't ever get to benefit from them. Ie welfare and other programs that attract the bottom feeders to this state.

Typical liberal move though, putting a positive spin on paying outrageous taxes........just.....wow.

Scott Downie
Scott Downie

It is not big government vs little government. it is about effectiveness and efficiency of government spending.

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

You get what you pay for You don't want to pay for jack, you don't have jack.

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

It's OK to look at the world with a Libertarian lense. I do. It's a very usefull tool. However, limiting yourself to that single worldview is short-sighted.

ben42dover
ben42dover

Big government, big taxes, huge amount of welfare recipients and illegals, bigge$t 0bamadebaclecare/medicaid covering the fewest amount of people, and a major city with less than 50% of students graduating (lower those standards!). Umm hmmm, Figures don't lie, but liars figure.
 Libs cherry pick info ALL THE TIME to come up with the answers they want.

Michael Ives
Michael Ives

I don't remember signing a social contract that said robbery is cool so long as my robbers wear government badges.

BJamesBrooks
BJamesBrooks

Thank you CP for the comic relief! Is this what happens when liberals have a slow news day? Do one about how running in traffic is not necessarily bad because you're getting exercise.

Shelley Darst
Shelley Darst

Pot Holes???? But wait....we got the green line .... And we tax payers got a bargain! We only have to subsidize 75% of every ride. The fares collected will only pay for 25% of the current and future cost of that green machine. Woohoo! Start riding people! Otherwise your paychecks will soon be paying the whole price tag!

Jeff Duffney
Jeff Duffney

Libertarian or Liberal propaganda? Two VERY different things.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Because despite what 35 years of libertarian propaganda would have you believe, taxes are not inherently bad things, they're part of the social contract and how society functions.

KennyX
KennyX

The ironic thing about this study is that it fails to mention that the majority of taxes in Minnesota are paid for by wealthy Republicans. LOL!

ben42dover
ben42dover

@JohnQReagan That's more cherry picking. Most of the red states are home to huge army bases which eat lots of federal money.

yoopie93
yoopie93

@eddogg67  Hey Kenny, just a quick question: when you create all of these other fake accounts (eddogg67, bend4dover, Watusi, et al)--both to make it look like there are others who share your demented worldview, and to be able to "like" your own comments (which might be the saddest and most pathetic thing that I have ever seen)--do you have a naming convention or system that you use, or do you use some kind of random name generator?  I'm just so fascinated by the inner workings of the sociopathic mind. 

KennyX
KennyX

@ben42dover The vast majority of the people in Minnesota who benefit from high taxes are the welfare parasites. This Saturday, their newest toy, the $1 billion choo choo train opens up to take them to the welfare office and liquor store. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Feel free to move to Arkansas or Somalia anytime. 

OlWillyClinton
OlWillyClinton

Well, the constitution does give congress the power to levy taxes as they see fit. You may not have signed it, but your citizenship in this country is your agreement to that contract. 

So...you actually kinda did.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Yep - and we had to subsidize your multi-trillion dollar wars. How'd that 'Liberate Iraq' thing work out for everyone? Ever find those WMDs? Or get Bin Laden?  (oh, never mind - Obama took care of that part)  That's the big difference between a liberal and a Republican't. We'd rather spend the tax dollars on helping Americans - you asshats want to go off and invade foriegn countries. If Romney or McCain had won - I have no doubt we'd have troops in Syria and Iran by now and trillions more added to the debt.

_Joe_
_Joe_

I think we've done a pretty good job with potholes considering the state of the roads after last winter.  And I ride a motorcycle.


The green line will more than pay for itself just like the first line did.

KennyX
KennyX

You got that right. Lies, manipulation, and distortion of the truth.......and their sheeple fall for it EVERY TIME.

KennyX
KennyX

High taxes are great. Especially when it's OPM. 

OlWillyClinton
OlWillyClinton

@KennyX There are plenty of wealthy democrats who pay their taxes, too, my friend. You seem to skip that fact.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@yoopie93 @eddogg67 I think Kurt124 might be KennyX as well - they both go off on these strange rants about uteruses and abortions from time to time.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX @ben42dover Looking forward to the Summit Beer Crawl on the Green Line on Saturday. Free rides on the train - $4 pints at lots of bars along the line. You don't know what you're missing Kenny. But have fun whining while lots of people help to support some local businesses and have a good time doing it. 

KennyX
KennyX

@_Joe_ My God, you are dense. You actually think public transportation makes a profit? LOLOLOLOLOL!!!

KennyX
KennyX

They still think Obamacare isn't a tax. LOL!!

Onan
Onan

@KennyX @ben42dover

2013 MN State and Local Government Spending:

$2.0B - "Welfare"

$2.8B - Healthcare

$10.3B - Education

$2.1B - "Protection" (Police/Fire/Prisons/courts)

$2.4B - Transportation

$5.5B - Other Spending

$1.5B - Interest

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX That's because it's not you fucking idiot. 

KennyX
KennyX

@MNjoe It's not? The majority of people who enrolled in Obamacare got it for free. Who do you think pays for that you derelict? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX @MNjoe Again, where do you get your info? The majority of people enrolled in the ACA are paying customers. There's a sliding scale based on income so most people are paying something. Who do you think is paying for Bushies 2 wars - and are still paying today? I wonder why that was never a big concern for you people.   P.S. Look up the meaning of the word derelict - as I work 50+ hrs. a week, I doubt I qualify.

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