Connecticut has just become America’s most expensive state to die in, the Associated Press reports today.
The new state budget changes the fee structure for settling estates, which was capped at $12,500. The properties of the affluent deceased especially get milked: “In fact, probate officials are warning that some invoices they will be sending out shortly could top $100,000 or even $1 million in a few cases,” reporter Dave Collins notes.
It’s not surprising that Connecticut has become the most expensive place to die—it imposes some of the heftiest taxes on its living residents, too. The 2016-2017 budget alone increased taxes and fees by $1.8 billion.
A few of the more ridiculous examples from the state tax code: In 2011, Connecticut began a hefty yoga tax; the state just hiked a tax that applies to basically all wedding dresses and engagement rings, increasing it to 7.75 percent; and this year, it also began a tap-water tax.
Connecticut residents are voting with their feet. Last year, the Nutmeg State experienced a big population drop, with 26,000 people leaving the state. And it’s repeatedly ranked as one of the top 10 outbound states in America.
Meanwhile, Gallup found last year that 49 percent of Connecticut residents want to move out of Connecticut—only Illinois ranked higher.
No surprise, one major reason for leaving is high expense.