Alaska ranks high in the return on investment it provides taxpayers but lags behind others in the quality of its government services, according to a new report.
The ranking was based on the quality of services taxpayers receive in each state contrasted with how much they pay in state and local taxes. Personal finance website WalletHub compared services in education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution to determine the ranking.
Alaska ranked eighth overall but received poor scores in many of its government services. It came in 49th in education, 47th in economy, 45th in safety and 34th in health. The state ranked higher, however, when it came to infrastructure and pollution, ranking 24th.
Red states were observed to generally have a higher taxpayer return on investment, WalletHub reported. Alaska had the lowest total taxes for residents.
“Different states have dramatically different tax burdens,” the report’s authors wrote. “This begs the question of whether people in high-tax states receive superior government services. Likewise, are low-tax states more efficient or do they receive low-quality services? In short, where do taxpayers get the most and least bang for their buck?”
For Alaskans, the most bang for their buck does not seem to be coming in the education or safety sectors, according to the report. The state was among the five worst school systems and also among the worst for violent crime.