It is a few years behind real-time, but always interesting to read when the US Tax Foundation annually releases its report on the State – Local Tax Burdens. This week, the Washington DC based Think Tank released its report on FY 2012. New York continued to maintain a death-grip on the highest tax burden in the country, with Connecticut in 2nd place and New Jersey third. New York, with a 2012 burden of 12.7%, has held the top spot for tax burden (the percentage of a population’s total income that goes to state-local taxes) consecutively since 1977. Alaska had the lowest at 6.5% followed by South Dakota and Wyoming, each at 7.1%. The national average tax burden for 2012 was 9.9 percent.