Census says state residents paying more taxes
Wednesday, October 11th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
(Tulsa-AP) -- Oklahoma has taken in more in taxes as percentage of personal income than the national average.
State officials say an influx of low-wage jobs in the Oklahoma Panhandle's growing hog production industry contributed to the trend.
The finding is reflected in U-S Census Bureau figures released today comparing 1998 with 1999.
Oklahoma lags behind the national average based on per capita taxes.
Shawn Ashley is a spokesman for the State Finance Office. Ashley says some economists are saying Oklahoma has an income growth problem rather than a job creation problem.
Ashley says a contributing factor is the difference in wages for new jobs created compared with higher-paying jobs lost in the 1980s oil bust.
Census Bureau figures indicate that Oklahoma's per capita tax burden rose from $1,584 to $1,613.