Quality of life in each of our fifty states, as reported by Forbes (read: people who live there)
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.
ALEC Document: 09RSPS_exec_summ.pdf