Tax Freedom Day?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

This is the day you stop working for the government. Every year, foes of big government spending calculate how much of the average American's paycheck goes for federal, state and local taxes, including just how many of their workdays are needed to pay for all that.

This year, it's later than ever, an increase of four and a-half days from last year.

Economist Dan Clifton says the milestone comes 17 days later than it did three years ago.

He adds it's not just the federal government that's at fault, since state and local spending is up for the fifth straight year.

The head of Citizens Against Government Waste says what's needed are lawmakers who'll vote to eliminate pork and reduce the size of government.


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