Foundation ranks SC 49th in tax collections

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A national research group says South Carolina collected 18% less taxes per capita over a decade, ranking 49th in growth.

      The report Monday by the Washington-based nonprofit Tax Foundation looks at state tax collections per capita in 2011, compared to 2001, based on Census data. Only Georgia's collections declined more, by 24%. Alaska ranked first with an increase of 168%.

      Two weeks ago, the foundation ranked South Carolina 48th in state government spending per capita over the decade, with a 17% growth rate.

      Foundation spokesman Richard Borean says the two posts are meant to be a commentary on balanced budgets. He says it appears South Carolina has an imbalance, by spending more and collecting less.

      The Republican-led Legislature has repeatedly cut taxes over the last decade.


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