It also calculated such a day for each state. West Virginians will have to wait until Friday to celebrate, as it takes them 109 days to pay their tax bill.
Compare that to the equally poor people of Mississippi and Louisiana, who celebrated their freedom on March 29, the first states in the nation to do so.
Residents of Connecticut will be the last to pass this marker. That state's tax freedom day doesn't come until May 13, mainly due to the high income and thus higher federal income tax liabilities of its residents. Such is the case with most of the states that rank so high in taxes paid.
Somehow West Virginia has figured out how to be 49th in income but 12th in taxation. Let's reverse that.
GOV. Earl Ray Tomblin's call to have legislators require job impact statements for pending legislation died after the House Judiciary Committee passed a series of amendments aimed at bogging it down.
Members of the panel suggested that analysis of a bill's impact on nearly a dozen interest groups or topics be required as well.
To the governor's requested measure they tacked on child poverty, low-income families, the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; minorities; veterans; local infrastructure; the environment; women; union and nonunion workers; and seniors.
At that point House Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley, D-Harrison, considered the bill dead, according to The Associated Press.
At present only fiscal notes, or the cost to the taxpayers, are required for proposed legislation.
Opponents to Tomblin's bill requiring jobs impact statements see it as an attempt to stifle regulatory legislation.
However, the same phenomenon that led to fiscal notes is fueling this quest.
Lawmakers used to pass bills with blissful disregard for the impact on the state budget.
On both the state and federal levels, they likewise have been too quick to pass laws that negatively affect industry without evaluating the consequences.