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California Ranks Fourth to Last in 2013 State Economic Outlook Rankings
New report ranks states based on 15 state tax policies; Utah ranks first
Report Reveals Lower Taxes, Limited Government Key to State Economic Success
Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2013)—California ranks fourth from the bottom for state economic outlooks in 2013, behind Vermont, New York and Illinois, according to a new report released by the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Rich States, Poor States examines the latest trends in state economic growth. The data ranks the 2013 economic outlook of states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. The sixth edition focuses on the growing momentum in state capitals for fundamental pro-growth tax and pension reform. Rich States, Poor States also features a case study on California’s fiscal health and outlines how California lawmakers can restore economic prosperity.
Nationally, states with low tax rates, limited government regulations and right-to-work laws were most likely to have a better economic outlook than states with high income taxes and burdensome regulations. The report shows that over a ten-year period, the nine states without personal income taxes have outperformed the nine states with the highest income tax rates in population, job and revenue growth.
Used by state lawmakers across America since 2008, Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index, is authored by economist Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, Wall Street Journal senior economics writer Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams, director of ALEC’s Center for State Fiscal Reform.
“It is important for policymakers to have a publication that helps and encourages economic growth and competition between states to encourage prosperity,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). “Publications like this one help educate legislators and governors with the tools to understand which policies work and which policies will waste taxpayer dollars.”
The 15 economic policy variables used by the authors to rank the economic outlook of states have shown over time to be among the most influential variables for state growth. The top ten and bottom ten states for 2013 are:
Overall Economic Outlook for 2013
2. North Dakota
3. South Dakota
45. Rhode Island
49. New York
“Rich States, Poor States provides insight and research into what state policies are shown to be effective in creating job growth and economic stability,” said co-author and economist Dr. Arthur B. Laffer. “The report is intended to be a resource for state lawmakers, citizen groups and all those who are interested in learning how to improve the economic health of their state.”
To download a copy of Rich States, Poor States and to see individual state data, visit www.alec.org/rsps
The American Legislative Exchange Council is the largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. The Council is governed by state legislators who comprise the Board of Directors and is advised by the Private Enterprise Advisory Council, a group of private, foundation and think tank members. For more information about the American Legislative Exchange Council, please visit: www.alec.org.