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 versus New Hampshire comparison that we hope will teach our politicians a lesson or two.
Overall, New Hampshire ranked No. 1 in the nation for good ROI. Vermont ranked 45, the 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 No. 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 and 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.