Colorado money tax budget

Death and taxes — life's two certainties.

What isn't certain: how efficiently those taxes are used.

In the case of Colorado, fairly so, according to a new survey from financial website WalletHub.

Colorado ranks fifth when it comes to taxpayer return on investment, or ROI, coming in behind No. 1 New Hampshire, No. 2 South Dakota, No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Virginia, and directly ahead of No. 6 Missouri, according to the the survey.

WalletHub said it looked at 30 metrics and compared the efficiency of state government in five categories: education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure and pollution.

Colorado ranks 16th overall for government services, and 14th when it came to total taxes paid per capita.

Bright spots for the state included a No. 3 ranking in economy and a No. 4 ranking in health.

Relative weaknesses: a No. 30 ranking in safety and a No. 33 ranking in education.

Taxpayers in so-called red states receive a better ROI than blue states, WalletHub found.

Does Colorado's relatively high ranking make it a red state? 

You decide.

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