Yes, the gas tax is high in Washington. The state sales tax of 6.5 percent can be increased with local options. Gasoline? Add 38 cents per gallon for the commonwealth. Add more than $3 tacked on to a pack of cigarettes and 87 cents on a gallon of wine.
It could be worse.
The business website Kiplinger is out with a state-by-state comparison of tax-friendliness, and the Evergreen State comes out smelling, well, if not like a rose then at least not like a poppy, which is the state flower of California, which, Kiplinger says, is the nation’s least friendly taxwise.
The most friendly is Delaware, followed by Wyoming, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama, Nevada, South Carolina, New Mexico and West Virginia.
The least friendly, after California, are Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont and Illinois.