Biggest gougers

This list breaks down which states stick it to you most (and which stick it to you least), when it comes to various kinds of taxes. Just don’t go buying gas in Rhode Island (31 cents per gallon tax), cigarettes in New Jersey ($2.05 tax per pack), or anything categorized as retail in Alabama where state and local sales tax can reach 11 percent.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.