You know that Your Survival Guy recommends you live in a Super State. One where politicians care about residents enough to let them keep their own hard-earned money and to leave them alone. There are some state politicians who just don’t get it though, and a new analysis from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) shows just how much damage they’re doing.
In its new report, Rich States, Poor States, produced in part by economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore, ALEC ranks the states based on their economic outlook. You can already guess which states came out on top. The Super States in America’s Growth Corridors far outperformed states on America’s blue coasts where politicians treat constituents like a piggy bank. Take a look at the ranking’s top 20 and the authors’ summary:
The Economic Outlook Ranking is a forecast based on a state’s current standing in 15 state policy variables. Each of these factors is influenced directly by state lawmakers through the legislative process. Generally speaking, states that spend less — especially on income transfer programs — and states that tax less — particularly on productive activities such as working or investing — experience higher growth rates than states that tax and spend more.
The Economic Performance Ranking is a backward-looking measure based on a state’s performance on three important variables: State Gross Domestic Product, Absolute Domestic Migration and Non-Farm Payroll Employment — all of which are highly influenced by state policy. This ranking details states’ individual performances over the past 10 years based on this economic data.
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire
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