March 12, 2019

KUOW: Why Washington Ranks as the Worst State for Poor Residents

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Washington ranks as the worst state for low-income earners to live, and it’s notably worse than any other state.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) places Washington, Texas and Florida at the top of the “terrible 10” list in its annual report. The institute says these have the most regressive tax systems, in which poor residents pay much higher shares in taxes than the wealthiest.

The non-profit, non-partisan institute gathered data from the IRS, state tax departments and various federal agencies that collect tax revenue. Read more