According to a WalletHub study, Republican-led states typically put tax dollars to better use than Democrat-Led states.
The study uses 29 metrics to measure the quality and performance of state Government services. These metrics are divided into five categories: health, education, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution. It also takes into account the state tax rates for residents when conducting its assessment.
The study also divided states into red or blue depending on how they voted in the 2020 election, revealing that red states provide a better return on investment and rank significantly higher than their blue counterparts.
The report explained that states have “dramatically different tax burdens,” giving rise to the question if a higher tax burden meant “superior government services” and if lower tax obligations meant residents received “low-quality services.”
The study wanted to answer that question, taking into consideration “state and local tax collections with the quality of the service residents receive” to answer the question of which of the 50 states taxpayers get the most “bang for their buck.”
To do this, WalletHub weighted the 29 metrics based on importance and graded them on a scale of 100.
The study then determined a “taxpayer return on investment” ranking by comparing the score given for state government services to the “total taxes paid per capita.”
The states received a ranking of 1 through 50 on total taxes and government services, with one being the best and 50 being the worst.
Based on that system, all states in the top 10 five are Republican-led states.
- New Hampshire (Ranked third for Total Taxes and forth for government services)
- Florida (Ranked second for total taxes and 23rd for government services)
- Alaska (Ranked first for total taxes and 48th for government services)
- South Dakota (Ranked sixth for total taxes and 25th for government services)
- Texas (Ranked fourth for total taxes and 36th for government services).