Citing rising costs in Medicaid and education which in turn led to higher spending levels and ultimately higher taxes, state taxpayer burdens rose more than 40 percent between 1994 and 2004.

According to just-released data from the Census Bureau, individual tax burdens jumped in some 43 states with residents of Hawaii shelling out the most per capita to their state government with an average of $3,050 per person.

According to the Census Bureau, the top states behind Hawaii were in order: Wyoming, Connecticut, Minnesota and Delaware. Alabama was at the bottom of the list.

Meanwhile the only state to witness a decline in its tax burden was Alaska with a scant 1-percent drop to $2,035 per resident.

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