Alabama State Taxes

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If you think you're paying more in state taxes, you're probably right.

Information from the Census Bureau shows state taxes went up an average of 41 percent from 1994 to 2004. The inflation-adjusted tax burden increase in 43 states, and went down in just one, Alaska.

Alabamians paid an average of one-thousand-551 dollars per person in 2004, compared to the average one-thousand-126 dollars in 1994, according to the Bureau. Even so, Alabama's tax receipts are among the lowest in the nation, ranking 46th overall.

Analysts blame rising education and Medicaid costs. Medicaid is the state-federal health insurance program for the poor.

In an effort to stem rising costs, Congress passed legislation last week allowing states to charge about 13 (m) million Medicaid beneficiaries new or increased co-payments and premiums.

Hawaii, Wyoming, Connecticut, Minnesota and Delaware are the top
five states in tax receipts per person.

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