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Old 12-12-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I live in Delaware, which overall has relatively liberal social policies combined with generally low tax burden. Fairly, the state would probably best be characterised as moderate-progressive. It has a history of moderate conservatism and is especially conservative in its more rural southern (downstate) portion, apart from the beach communities. The state has now adopted a very robust same-sex civil unions law, as well as provisions for medical marijuana.

My question: of states with marriage equality or strong same-sex civil union laws and other progressive policies, which would have the lowest individual tax burdens?
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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Hmm, that's a very small number of states. I can tell you 2 states-- Nevada and Washington-- have laws that give same-sex couples the same right as hetero married couples (called civil unions though, not marriage), and neither state has an income tax.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Boston
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This one's easy since you are using same sex marriage as the defining element of socially liberal policy. It's obviously New Hampshire, which has no income tax at all.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Nevada or New Hampshire may be number one here.
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:00 PM
 
Location: IN
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You want fiscal conservatism and social liberalism (somewhat tempered)? Go for New Hampshire. It is also ranked number one in terms of personal freedom and same-sex marriage is part of the libertarian philosophy that predominates there most.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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We'll have to see, of course, if same-gender marriage survives the attacks against it in New Hampshire. As to tax burden, I don't think personal income tax is all that has to be considered. I used to live in Austin, TX which has far higher property taxes than anywhere in Delaware (this is now true for most of Texas), a sizeable sales tax, and a sh-tload of fees for all sorts of things. Delaware has a personal income tax, but low property taxes, no sales tax, and doesn't have the fee burdens that Texas has. So I'm not sure how New Hampshire and indeed counties in upstate New York with lower property tax assessments (due to low real estate prices) stack up in terms of overall tax burden. I'm happy to be informed! I'm also wondering how Maryland would look if they get either a robust civil union law or marriage equality...
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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If you go with NH, places like Manchester, Durham, Hanover, Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester and Nashua, among some others.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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We'll have to see, of course, if same-gender marriage survives the attacks against it in New Hampshire. As to tax burden, I don't think personal income tax is all that has to be considered. I used to live in Austin, TX which has far higher property taxes than anywhere in Delaware (this is now true for most of Texas), a sizeable sales tax, and a sh-tload of fees for all sorts of things. Delaware has a personal income tax, but low property taxes, no sales tax, and doesn't have the fee burdens that Texas has. So I'm not sure how New Hampshire and indeed counties in upstate New York with lower property tax assessments (due to low real estate prices) stack up in terms of overall tax burden. I'm happy to be informed! I'm also wondering how Maryland would look if they get either a robust civil union law or marriage equality...
True, but I personally feel that I'd rather have higher taxation on the property I choose to buy than on my personal income.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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This may help between Upstate NY and NH: Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed Both have Ivy League schools.

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Old 12-13-2011, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Here's a ranking of states by overall tax burden: TAX BURDEN BY STATE.

Of the three states with the lowest burden, Alaska is a consistently red state, New Hampshire is a swing state and Delaware is consistently blue. I'll go with Delaware on this one.
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