Skip to comments.New 2014 Rich States, Poor States Rankings Show States Are Making Large Reforms
Posted on 04/15/2014 1:16:30 PM PDT by ThethoughtsofGreg
Since 2008, Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index has used the latest economic data to determine which states are doing well and which states are struggling. The past 50 years of data point to a clear connection between pro-growth policies of lower taxes, less regulations and competitive labor policies. The states that embrace free markets and limited government fare much better than their high-tax, big government counterparts.
Utah, South Dakota, Indiana, North Dakota and Idahothis years top five statesshowcase how good economic policy can lead to economic prosperity, while New York, Vermont, Illinois, California and Minnesotathe bottom five statesstruggle to maintain their once vibrant economies. The index is intended to be a tool for state policymakers who are concerned about maximizing the economic growth potential for their states. This years top five and bottom five show a blueprint for legislators everywhere on what can be done to improve a states economic outlook and what policies are likely to hamper economic growth.
The report is authored by economist Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, and Jonathan Williams, director of the American Legislative Exchange Councils Center for State Fiscal Reform. The authors rank the 2014 economic outlook of states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. The 15 economic policy variables used by the authors to rank the states have shown over time to be among the most influential variables for state economic growth. States with no or low personal and corporate income taxes, less spending and right-to-work laws were most likely to have a better economic outlook than states with high income taxes.
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No surprises, Democrat run and controlled states rank at the bottom. States that cut taxes and reform are doing better or best.
And Minnesota just passed an onerous minimum wage increase. Way to choke the economy, Guv!
What happened to Montana? They aren’t part of the oil boom?
But don't worry, liberals have a remedy for that...
In any case, any good liberal will tell you that the one thing this does NOT prove, is that their Marxist socialism doesn't work.
Oh, no! The great libertarian paradise of the ‘Free State Project’ (stoners) Red Hampshire down at #32...whatever will they do?
I always knew that Connecticut sucked with spending for the Parasite class.But unfortunately it’s only going to get worse.
Time to leave this crap hole.It won’t happen soon enough.
“States with no or low personal and corporate income taxes, less spending and right-to-work laws were most likely to have a better economic outlook than states with high income taxes. In fact, over the last ten years, the nine states with the lowest income tax rates have outperformed the nine states with the highest income taxes in population, job growth, and even revenue growth.” Sounds like pretty common sense stuff to me. No surprise for the bottom 10.
Connecticut needs to wake up and tell Malloy and the Tax and Spenders in both parties that they’ll be replaced in November.
Michigan is a state that has long struggled to achieve economic growth, but with lawmakers passing competitive labor and tax reforms, Michigan went from 20th last year to 12th this year in overall economic outlook.
Thanks ThethoughtsofGreg, sidebar:
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