New York state top rate: 8.82%
Texas state top rate (and bottom rate): 0%
This reminds me of a story way back in 2000 when Venus Williams won the U.S. Open. Then-President Bill Clinton called to congratulate her and Venus complained about paying taxes:
That's $800,000 before Uncle Sam takes his big bite. Which may be why when Bill Clinton called to offer his congratulations, this year's Grand Slam winner took the occasion to make a pitch for a tax cut. Her reasoning was impeccable. Recounting her conversation to the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Williams described it as follows: "He said, 'You really worked hard.' I said, 'See, I did work hard and I want to keep this for me. I'm a good citizen.' " She asked, "Can you lower my taxes, please?"