States with graduated tax rank least tax friendly

Updated 10/18/2021 1:26 PM

The Opinion page from Oct. 12 carried an article about the STEP act written by Rodney Weinzierl. I take no issue with his argument regarding the effect the tax would have on family farms. What caught my eye was his first paragraph that touts Illinois as the least tax-friendly state for the middle class. He was kind enough to provide the source so I went to the Kiplinger article which did indeed have our state at number one. The interesting thing was that amongst the usual suspects like New Yok and New Jersey were some surprises. Iowa was number 3, Wisconsin, number 6, Kansas came in at 7 and Nebraska at 9. It is notable that all those states have a graduated income tax which reduces the burden on the middle class.

Tim Romanelli


Arlington Heights

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