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The Best- and Worst-Run States in America
24/7 Wall St. via Yahoo! News ^ | 11/27/12 | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E. M. Hess, Samuel Weigley and Ashley C. Allen

Posted on 11/27/2012 12:44:42 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

How well run are America’s 50 states? The answer depends a lot on where you live.

Every year, 24/7 Wall St. conducts an extensive survey of all fifty states in America. Based on a review of data on financial health, standard of living and government services by state we determine how well each state is managed. For the first time, North Dakota is the best run. California is the worst run for the second year in a row.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS:
Best:
1. North Dakota
2. Wyoming
3. Nebraska
4. Utah
5. Iowa

Worst:
50. California
49. Rhode Island
48. Illinois
47. Arizona
46. New Jersey

1 posted on 11/27/2012 12:44:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows
1. Red

2.Red.

3.Red

4.Red

5.Blue

50.Blue

49.Blue

48.Blue

47.Red

46.Blue

I think the Ration speaks for itself, even with Yahoo's idiotic terms.

2 posted on 11/27/2012 12:48:08 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I am surprised that Arizona is number 47. The others appear to be fly-over country. Hahahaha.


3 posted on 11/27/2012 12:48:47 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: KC_Lion

IMO, Iowa is more purple than red. Your point is still valid, of course.


4 posted on 11/27/2012 12:49:56 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I would basically agree. Don’t how AZ wound up on the bad boy list. Thought Jan Brewer was doing a good job, especially on illegal immigration.

I always thought Texas should be up there: They have:
1) No state income tax.
2) Right to work
3) Tort reform
4) Drill baby drill
5) An enforced capital punishment.
6) Gun rights
7) A pro-business environment and state government.

Could you ask for more?

I would also add Wisconsin under Walker and Kasich under Ohio and Indiana under both Pence and his predecessor to the well-managed list.

I live in CA. I can attest: We are the worst of the worse, only our national government in DC is more poorly mismanaged.


5 posted on 11/27/2012 12:50:56 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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6 posted on 11/27/2012 12:53:55 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

The article discusses the methodology a bit. Unfortunately, the authors seem to be of the “raising taxes = fiscal responsibility” persuasion.


7 posted on 11/27/2012 12:55:11 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Forgot to mention, Texas also has a part time state legislature-—the state really does subscribe to the first rule of governance: Do no harm.

Indiana really made some great reforms and strides under Mitch Daniels. I suspect Mike Pence will add to that.


8 posted on 11/27/2012 12:55:31 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Slings and Arrows; KC_Lion
IMO, Iowa is more purple than red blue.

Fixed.

9 posted on 11/27/2012 12:56:53 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Parley Baer
AZ has 19% below the poverty line.

Guess why.

10 posted on 11/27/2012 1:00:06 PM PST by what's up
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

AZ spends too way much trying to make liberals happy - which is impossible - but our government seems reasonably competent, otherwise. I wouldn’t say 47th - somewhere in the 20’s, maybe.


11 posted on 11/27/2012 1:00:28 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: KC_Lion
Or, more correctly:

  1. Dark red
  2. Dark red
  3. Dark red
  4. Dark red
  5. Light blue to purple

    50. Dark blue
    49. Dark blue
    48. Dark blue
    47. Light blue to purple
    46. Dark blue

And it isn't polite to say it, but #5 goes up a few notches because it is mostly white and #47 goes down a few notches because it has a large population of a certain minority which it isn't polite to point out.

12 posted on 11/27/2012 1:11:28 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
Could you ask for more?

Yes.

I want a JOB there!

Get me OUT of California!

13 posted on 11/27/2012 1:13:09 PM PST by null and void (Knowledge increases exponentially, wisdom increases logarithmically.)
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To: what's up
Guess why? . . . because it has a large population of a certain minority which it isn't polite to point out.

And I'm not talking about Apache, Mormons or Navajo.

14 posted on 11/27/2012 1:13:18 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: what's up

“AZ has 19% below the poverty line.
Guess why.”

Because of evil white men?


15 posted on 11/27/2012 1:14:29 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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Correction

47. Light blue red to purple
16 posted on 11/27/2012 1:15:36 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: null and void

I’m sure if you moved there you would find one rather quickly.

I’d like to get the hell out of Dodge as well. Only family considerations keep me here, hence my screen name.


17 posted on 11/27/2012 1:17:22 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Slings and Arrows; onyx
"IMO, Iowa is more purple than red. Your point is still valid, of course."

I had Iowa as Blue.

They voted for Ubama TWICE, and I sure as hell don't know why the Republicans insist on start their primary in a Blue State.

I say Iowa can join the other liberal hell holes in oblivion.

18 posted on 11/27/2012 1:20:46 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I agree Iowa is more purple. Even my left leaning students aren’t completely brainwashed. I have a number of students who grew up on farms (hard work) or go to church and aren’t afraid to admit it in public. They may have brought you Obama, but there are too many small towns here, too many places where people still know what it is to be American, for us to be completely blue.


19 posted on 11/27/2012 1:23:29 PM PST by radiohead (Taxmaggeddon - are you ready?)
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To: radiohead

Iowa is an anomoly. Yes on the presidential is quite blue, voting twice for the Marxist and usually in the Democrat column for president.

But statewide, it does have A GOP governor and state legislature. The people there may be dovish on foreign policy, but they are also frugal on spending. I would have to imagine Iowa is a basically well managed state that keeps it spending in line and manages its finances responsibily.


20 posted on 11/27/2012 1:28:07 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

TX is okay but 8) sent Kay Bailey Moron Hutchinson to the US Senate.

But I can’t talk...the idiots I live with in TN sent Lamar! Alexander and Bob Porker Corker.


21 posted on 11/27/2012 1:30:00 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: Fledermaus

You complain about Kay Bailey to me!!!!!!!!!!

Look with what I’m stuck with——Boxer and Feinstein in there fore decades!!!!!!! Throw in for good measure Nancy Pelousy and Maxine Waters.

PLEASE DO NOT COMPLAIN TO ME!!!!!!!!


22 posted on 11/27/2012 1:32:08 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

You forgot about My Favorite Martian - Henry Waxman.


23 posted on 11/27/2012 1:35:26 PM PST by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

I feel your pain.


24 posted on 11/27/2012 1:36:14 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: Fledermaus

I’d give my left nut to have Kay Bailey here in CA.

My mayor is Don Juan Villaassahola

My congressman is Xavier Becerra

My governor is Moonbeam

My senators are Boxer and Feinstein.

PLEASE send Kay baby——I’ll take her!!!!!!!


25 posted on 11/27/2012 1:40:16 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Slings and Arrows
Wooohooo! We're number 50; were number 50!!!

And, we (CA) have passed a bill that will increase taxes on the wealthy ($250,000 and up) as well as an increase in the state's sales tax! Wooohooo! Soon we'll be number 57!

My state is run by a bunch of complete dumb@sses.

26 posted on 11/27/2012 1:49:52 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: KC_Lion

I think Iowa is blue, in presidential elections for sure!


27 posted on 11/27/2012 1:53:31 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

I too, live in the formerly great State of California.

My wife is a native Californian, but last night, after nearly 40 years in the Golden State, agreed that if we found a compabable place in another state (OR, CO, UT or VA), she would be open to moving.

Prop. 30’s passage means that the top 10% now pay 80% of the State’s taxes. Funny, those fat union pensions are just under the threshold typically and are not subject to the millionaire’s tax that starts at $250K.

Sacramento is as dysfunctional as the LA or Berkeley City counsels. Libtards on full display with failure in their wake. I want OUT.


28 posted on 11/27/2012 2:00:12 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: SoldierDad

I’m an escapee from Illinois. I know whereof you speak.


29 posted on 11/27/2012 2:04:05 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: radiohead; KC_Lion
Agreed re Iowa, and FWIW I think Arizona is formerly red, but currently reddish-purple due to the snowbirds and reconquistadores.
30 posted on 11/27/2012 2:07:55 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Free Money NOT to grow crops has its benefits. Iowa has been in the cookie jar for many years.


31 posted on 11/27/2012 2:18:25 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: wac3rd
My wife is a native Californian, but last night, after nearly 40 years in the Golden State, agreed that if we found a comparable place in another state (OR, CO, UT or VA)...

Good God...can't speak for the other states but avoid VA like the plague.Go to NC instead...not *nearly* as filthy (politically/socially).

32 posted on 11/27/2012 2:38:48 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Best:

1. North Dakota

2. Wyoming

3. Nebraska

4. Utah

5. Iowa

All of those states are great places to live!!

50. California

Why ain't I surprised??

49. Rhode Island

I'm Surprised!! I mean it is a blue state, but I thought it would be Mass.

48. Illinois

I'm Shocked!!! /s (I thought it would be #49!!)

47. Arizona

Shocked!!

46. New Jersey

Not New York??

I wonder where CT is on the list??

33 posted on 11/27/2012 2:54:01 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: KC_Lion

Don’t be surprised if obama uses his magic pen to make fracking illegal. North Dakota will be closed for business.


34 posted on 11/27/2012 3:03:18 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Terry Mross
What did he say about Punish your enemies? or get in their faces?

The fact is he has pitted 26 states aginst the other 24.

35 posted on 11/27/2012 3:08:09 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion
I sure as hell don't know why the Republicans insist on start their primary in a Blue State

Ask Mitt.

36 posted on 11/27/2012 3:19:07 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I grew up in VA. Rural. Not NoVA.


37 posted on 11/27/2012 3:52:36 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: KC_Lion

We are not red! They are red. Red is for commies. People, we have to stop accepting how they define us. Since, Red is their true color and reveals far too much about the liberal agenda, the leftist Svengalis did a jedi mind trick getting us to accept the label of red. It is dumb for us to deny political history and accept this redefinition. We are true blue and always have been.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDe-8cOSYY

We are not red! I will reject their made-up reality and substitute the actual reality.


38 posted on 11/27/2012 4:42:16 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Parley Baer; Trapped Behind Enemy Lines; what's up; Mr. Jeeves; wac3rd
Well, I'm moving from the worst (CA) to the 4th worst (AZ.)

But, it's simple as to why AZ is where it is financially...

Dimcrats moving to AZ to escape high taxation that they created in CA - continue voting Dims into office in there!

I have one tiny bit of respite in Prescott Valley, AZ - it's among the last conservative redoubts left in AZ. BUT, it's changing faster with more stupid Dims moving in every day!

39 posted on 11/27/2012 5:31:27 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: what's up

Having lived in AZ...I can offer these observations.

There’s really no major industry in the state. They have some agriculture, but it’s nothing to brag about. The military presence in the state helps. So they live mostly off tourism and the old folks who run down at snow-birds.

Outside of Flagstaff, Tucson, and Phoenix...you can generally live off $25k a year easily in the state.

As for wealthy folks living in AZ? It’s nice to visit but there’s not a big segment of wealth in AZ.


40 posted on 11/28/2012 7:53:41 PM PST by pepsionice
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