Wait, there’s more venison in states than Mississippi. Also, the percentage of eligible workers is higher in those states. These statistics are accurate, though no research has been done. Except for West Virginia, all states have a higher percentage of workers than the Magnolia State. Recent efforts have been made to boost support for Gov. Tate Reeves proposed to eliminate Mississippi’s income taxes by pointing out how the nine states that have no income tax have higher, and sometimes much higher, work force participation rates than Mississippi. This is an interesting fact: States with the highest income tax also have higher work force participation than Mississippi. It is important to note that Mississippi’s participation rate in the work force is lower than any other state, except West Virginia. The argument that Mississippi should eliminate the income tax to increase its work force participation rate is still interesting. Delbert Hosemann made it his main goal to improve the state’s participation in the work force. Hosemann and most economists see improving the state’s income tax rate as a way of improving the state’s economy. Reeves, who is the Senate’s President, will need to get the support of Hosemann to move a proposal to eliminate the income tax during the 2021 Mississippi legislative sessions, which starts Jan. 5. House Speaker Philip Gunn previously supported eliminating the income tax. He seems to support Reeves’ proposal that it be eliminated during the 2021 session. Hosemann answered questions about the proposal by simply saying “everything’. Perhaps Hosemann is more open to the idea that the income tax elimination could be linked to Mississippi’s increased work force participation rate. Fairness aside, many of the nine states which do not tax earned income have higher work force participation rates than the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis information, the November national work force participation rate was 61.4%. It was higher than 63% before the COVID-19 pandemic. Seasonally adjusted for November, Mississippi’s rate was 55.8%. Six of the nine states that do not tax earned income were higher than the national average. South Dakota had a 67.9% work force participation rate, followed by New Hampshire with 66.3%. However, the majority of states with higher work force participation rates than the national average have a personal tax. Many of these rates are much higher than Mississippi’s low rate. These include Maryland, which has a 65.8% participation rate in the work force, and Minnesota with 67.9%. In November, Kansas had a rate of 68.3%. Kansas was known for its deep income tax cuts in the 2010s. However, they repealed these in 2018 when state revenues plummeted. Reeves stated that Mississippi needed the income tax reduction to get a boost when he announced his plan. Reeves stated in November that “We as a State need to think large.” We need to consider not only how can we make strategic investments but also what can be done to make a splash. What can we do to show the world that we are willing to invest capital in this country? Mississippi must see population growth over the next few years. To grow our economy, we need more people to move into Mississippi.” He suggested that phasing out income taxes by 2030 would encourage this growth. Reeves stated that states without a tax on personal income have a faster rate of population growth. Many of them are. Four states with no income tax were among the top 10 fastest-growing between 2010 and 2019. The nine states were growing faster than Mississippi’s, which was at the bottom of the list for population growth. Most states without or with a personal income tax, are ahead of Mississippi in most measures that measure economic vitality, such as gross domestic product and per capita income. Former Governor. Former Gov. Some of these states don’t have a personal income tax. However, most do.