I must call bullshit on this map.
I refuse to believe that NY and NJ are among the best states as far as spending to revenue is concerned.
Both states have exceedingly high property taxes, high state income taxes, and high state sales taxes. Living in either state (I've lived in both) virtually every aspect of one's life is taxed.
New York, in particular, has been running deficits for years.New Jersey at least had a couple of periods of sanity (mainly while Cody, who was never elected, filled in for various reasons).
Also, Alaska reaps huge benefits from the high price of oil. It's one of the only states that hasn't teetered on the brink of financial ruin during the recent recession.
There's something fishy there.