New Hampshire Taxes Less, Provides Better Services than VT

by Rob Roper

The financial services site WalletHub recently did a state-by-state analysis of taxpayer “Return on Investment” (ROI) – who gets a good bang for their government confiscated buck. And, here we get another Vermont/New Hampshire comparison that we hope will teach our politicians a lesson or two.

Overall, New Hampshire ranked number one in the nation for good ROI. Vermont ranked 45. Fifth worst. According to WalletHub, the analysis covered twenty-five key metrics and five categories of service vs. total taxes paid per capita.

On that total taxes line, New Hampshire was number 3 (no income or sales tax), and Vermont 48th (just about every tax under the sun).

But, when it comes to providing government services Vermont comes in fourth. So, take that, New Hampshire. We may pay a lot, but we get a lot and don’t leave our most vulnerable citizens out to dry. Not so fast. New Hampshire ranked even better at second nationwide. Vermont and New Hampshire scored respectively: Education – 9/16, Health – 8/2, Safety 1/3, Economy 24/4, Infrastructure & Pollution 16/13.

Just goes to show that, yes, we can do more with less. And, no, our elected officials in Montpelier are not being good steward of a whole lot of our money.

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Roger Joslin May 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm

This isn’t anything new. Nice to refresh everyones memory though.


H. Brooke Paige May 4, 2018 at 1:12 am

Rob you are just too polite to say it plainly : “Compared to New Hampshire’s business climate and taxation . . . Vermont Sucks !


William Hays May 5, 2018 at 4:15 am

The operative word comes down to the stupid “Progressive” stranglehold on the Vermont legislature. A RINO governor doesn’t help. Bill.


Jim May 4, 2018 at 9:35 pm

Once again, if the issue is a negative one, Vermont ranks near the top and conversely, if the issue is positive, Vermont always brings up the rear. Thanks to the Progressive/Dem super majority in Montpelier.


Steve Hearne May 5, 2018 at 1:51 am

We need 40 people in the legislature that will vote NO. I don’t think there are very many who know how to say that two letter word. We need to send in reinforcements for those that do.


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