How Poorly Run Is *Your* State?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by SonicBlue03, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. SonicBlue03

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    Wyoming was #1, and (shock) California was #50.

    Best and Worst Run States in America — An Analysis Of All 50 - 24/7 Wall St.

    17. Washington
    > State debt per capita: $3,719 (18th highest)
    > Pct. without health insurance: 14.2% (25th lowest)
    > Pct. below poverty line: 12.5% (tied for 18th lowest)
    > Unemployment: 9.1% (16th highest)

    Washington state has moved down one slot from last year’s rank, partially due to an increase in unemployment and an increase in poverty rate. On the whole, the state performs better than average in most categories, including household income, violent crime rate and high school graduation. And while the state does not make it to the top 10 in any single category, it also avoids the bottom 10 in each.

    26. Idaho
    > State debt per capita: $2,284 (16th lowest)
    > Pct. without health insurance: 17.7% (11th highest)
    > Pct. below poverty line: 14.3% (23rd highest)
    > Unemployment: 9% (19th highest)

    Idaho has the seventh-lowest violent crime rate in the country, a manageable debt per capita and a AA+ credit rating. Otherwise, the state leaves much to be desired. It has the 11th highest rate of residents without health insurance coverage. It also had one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country last month. On a state and local level combined, Idaho spends less per capita than any state in the country on its population.

    31. Oregon
    > State debt per capita: $3,284 (15th lowest)
    > Pct. without health insurance: 17.1% (15th highest)
    > Pct. below poverty line: 14.6% (tied for 19th highest)
    > Unemployment: 9.6% (14th highest)

    In 2009, Oregon had the second-lowest revenue per capita and spent the 20th most per capita in the state budget. Oregon has a higher-than-average rate of adults with a high school education, as well as the 12th-lowest violent crime rate in the country. But the state otherwise performs quite poorly. Oregon has worse-than-average poverty rate, health insurance coverage and unemployment. Meanwhile, the state had the ninth-highest foreclosure rate in the country in October — one in every 455 homes.

    Colorado fell below Oregon due to housing foreclosures. In a way that's potentially good news if someone wants to find a home away from home in one of the few landlocked states that would be tolerable to live in.
  2. rufus

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    Great topic. Having been raised in California, I can vouch for the last place rating. It really has been run into the ground. To me, Oregon is paradise. It may not rank well (31), but it's way better than Cali.

    Instead of than using debt per capita, % without health insurance, % below poverty line, and unemployment rates as the criteria (not that I disagree with the findings), but rather if you just look at the governments - the folks and agencies actually running the States, perhaps a better view of the problems emerge.

    For example, comparing the governments of Wyoming and California, does anything jump out at you?

    #1 Wyoming

    #50 California

    • Governor
    • Attorney General
    • Insurance Commissioner
    • Secretary of State
    • State Board of Equalization
    • State Controller
    • State Treasurer
    • Superintendent of Public Instruction
    • Lt. Governor
    • State Auditor
    • State Assembly
    • State Senate
    • Official California Legislative Information
    • Legislative Analyst's Office
    • Legislative Counsel of California
    • California Law Revision Commission
    • Judicial Branch
    • Governor's Office of Emergency Services
    • California Public Employees' Retirement System
    • Department of Finance
    • Department of Food and Agriculture
    • Department of Industrial Relations
    • Department of Personnel Administration
    • Office of Administrative Law
    • Office of the State Public Defender
    • State Library
    • Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
    • California Housing Finance Agency
    • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
    • Department of Corporations
    • Department of Financial Institutions
    • Department of Housing and Community Development
    • Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Department of Real Estate
    • Department of the California Highway Patrol
    • Department of Transportation
    • Teale Data Center
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • California Air Resources Board
    • California Integrated Waste Management Board
    • Department of Pesticide Regulation
    • State Water Resources Control Board
    • Department of Aging
    • Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs
    • Department of Developmental Services
    • Department of Health Services
    • Department of Mental Health
    • Department of Rehabilitation
    • Department of Social Services
    • Emergency Medical Services Authority
    • Employment Development Department
    • Employment Training Panel
    • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
    • Resources Agency
    • California Coastal Commission
    • California Coastal Conservancy
    • California Conservation Corps
    • California Tahoe Conservancy
    • CERES: California Environmental Resources Evaluation System
    • Department of Boating and Waterways
    • Department of Conservation
    • Department of Fish and Game
    • Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
    • Department of Parks and Recreation
    • Department of Water Resources
    • State Lands Commission
    • Board of Architectural Examiners
    • California African- American Museum
    • Contractors State License Board
    • Department of Consumer Affairs
    • Department of General Services
    • Department of General Services: Office of Public School Construction
    • Franchise Tax Board
    • State Personnel Board
    • California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency.
    • Division of Tourism: California Travel and Tourism
    • Youth and Adult Correctional Agency
    • Board of Corrections
    • Department of Corrections
    • Department of the Youth Authority
    • California Lottery
    • Health and Welfare Data Center
    • Department of Toxic Substances Control
    • California Energy Commission
    • Office of Traffic Safety
    • CalGOLD: Business Permits Made Simple
    • California National Guard
    • CalJOBS
    • Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism
    • Medi-Cal
    • Rural Health Policy Council
    • State and Consumer Services Agency
    • Health and Human Services Agency
    • Department of Managed Health Care
    • Department of Fair Employment and Housing
    • California State Teachers' Retirement System
    • California Spatial Information Library
    • Office of the Inspector General
    • Board of Behavioral Sciences
    • Building Standards Commission
    • California Arts Council
    • California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
    • California Horse Racing Board
    • Commission on Teacher Credentialing
    • Little Hoover Commission
    • Office of Real Estate Appraisers
    • State Board of Education
    • Student Aid Commission
    • California Transportation Commission
    • Public Utilities Commission
    • Board of Prison Terms
    • Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
    • California Postsecondary Education Commission
    • Commission on State Mandates
    • Delta Protection Commission
    • Fair Political Practices Commission
    • Medical Board of California
    • Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board
    • Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
    • Seismic Safety Commission
    • Commission on the Status of Women
    • Veterinary Medical Board​

    (I got tired of pasting in the links. If you want to visit the websites, go HERE.)

    In my humble opinion, the States with the smaller governments will always be in better shape that the ones with the larger governments. The size of the governments has nothing to do with the population. I'm sure the people running Wyoming could run California just fine. :cool:
  3. SonicBlue03

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    Some of that is state population and industry, but I see your point and agree - the smaller the state government, the more agile the state can adjust and respond to needs and also not expend resources (financial and otherwise) on bloat.
  4. billdeserthills

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    I live in Arizona, seems like they generally hover around the #48 out of 50 mark
  5. Sling Blade

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    I think it is pretty silly to compare Cali and Wyoming given that Cali has a population of around 35 million and Wyoming has less than 500 thousand, not to mention Cali has sea ports, and many more airports, miles of roads, etc.
  6. drew

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    Sure California has more to manage but it is a case study in how not to run a state.

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