Two professors recently performed that service for Illinois and other corruption-plagued states.ILL-inois has high income and sales tax rates. Some states don't even have an income tax.
John Mikesell is an Indiana University professor of public and environmental affairs, while Cheol Liu is an assistant professor of public policy at City University of Hong Kong.
They studied public corruption cases across America between 1997 and 2008, named the 10 most corrupt states (Illinois easily made this rogue’s gallery), and calculated what that corruption cost taxpayers per capita.
The "corruption tax," as they dubbed it, came to an average of $1,308 a person in those states.
What a coincidence.
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