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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Where would YOU rather live? ALEC State Rankings vs. Forbes Quality of Life Rankings

Now, here's a comparison... complete with a useful, though poorly-formatted, table that I cannot quite manage to pretty up.

Quality of life in each of our fifty states, as reported by Forbes (read: people who live there)

vs.

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) states' rankings based on "Economic Outlook".

If you know anything about ALEC, you know that they are NOT looking out for the vast majority of folks!

Each of these are for 2009.

Forbes publishes annual survey results (link below), based on telephone interviews with citizens. Factors considered are related to satisfaction with life, health, happiness with jobs, optimism. Indicators that people are living fulfilling lives.

And what are ALEC's criteria for a "good" state? Lower taxes - for citizens, but they focus (surprise!) on the upper end and corporations. Lowest ratio of public to private employees. A corporate-friendly legal system. Lowest minimum wages. Fewest unionized workers.

Here's their list:
• Highest Marginal Personal Income Tax Rate
• Highest Marginal Corporate Income Tax Rate
• Personal Income Tax Progressivity
• Property Tax Burden
• Sales Tax Burden
• Tax Burden From All Remaining Taxes
• Estate Tax/Inheritance Tax (Yes or No)
• Recently Legislated Tax Policy Changes
• Debt Service as a Share of Tax Revenue
• Public Employees Per 1,000 Residents
• Quality of State Legal System
• State Minimum Wage
• Workers’ Compensation Costs
• Right-to-Work State (Yes or No)
• Tax or Expenditure Limits

In some cases, the rankings are close between the two - but look at Minnesota. Look at Hawaii. South Dakota.

Where would YOU rather live? In a state where taxes might be a bit higher - but you had a fair shot at a decent, happy life and future for yourself and your children?

Or in a state where people are less happy, less healthy, forced to work for lower wages... but much more profitable for corporate interests?

Yeah. Me too.
 


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Forbes
ALEC
20AK38
33AL16
46AR12
10AZ3
9CA43
4CO2
19CT32
36DE31
30FL11
23GA8
2HI41
27IA35
11ID14
31IL44
45IN17
22KS24
49KY36
40LA18
8MA26
6MD28
29ME47
41MI34
5MN40
44MO23
48MS19
12MT30
16NB29
34NC21
28ND13
13NH37
25NJ46
17NM25
38NV7
35NY50
47OH45
43OK15
18OR39
32PA42
37RI48
26SC20
39SD5
42TN9
21TX10
1UT1
15VA4
14VT49
7WA22
24WI27
50WV33
3WY6






 
ALEC Document: 09RSPS_exec_summ.pdf


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