CA Is The Worst Run State!

Katy Grimes: California might have to-die-for weather, but everything else is the Pits.

A recent study was done to find the best and worst run states…and the winner is… Wyoming! The loser is… California.

For the second year, 24/7 Wall St. ranked the 50 states from the best to worst run. They reviewed data on financial health, standard of living and government services by state to determine how well each state is managed. Based on this data, the best-run state is Wyoming. The worst-run state is California.

Despite some of the obvious differences when comparing the states — rural areas, urban areas, industry (or lack thereof), natural resources, border states — 24/7 Wall St. said that states can do a great deal to control their fate.

So what is California doing wrong?

Let’s start with what is Wyoming doing right?

State debt per capita: $2,452 (18th lowest)
Pct. without health insurance: 14.9% (21st highest)
Pct. below poverty line: 10.3% (7th lowest)
Unemployment: 5.8% (6th lowest)

Wyoming comes in first place for the second year in a row, 24/7 reported that the state has high marks in many categories including high school graduation rate. 92.3% of state residents age 25 or older have at least a high school diploma — the highest rate in the country. The state also has the fourth lowest rate of violent crimes and the sixth lowest unemployment rate.

State debt per capita: $3,660 (21st highest)
Pct. without health insurance: 18.5% (8th highest)
Pct. below poverty line: 14.5% (tied for 21st highest)
Unemployment: 11.9% (2nd highest)

“California has moved down one slot on from last year to earn the title of the worst-run state in the country,” the study found. “In the fiscal year 2009, the state spent $430 billion, roughly 14% of all the money spent by states in that year. Compared to its revenue, the state spent too much — California had the 10th lowest revenue per person, and spent the 15th most per person.”

What a surprise. I am shocked.

“California is the only state in the country to be rated A-, the lowest rating ever given to a state by S&P. Despite the huge amount the state spends each year, conditions remain poor. California has the second-lowest percentage of adults with a high school diploma in the country, the second-highest foreclosure rate and is tied for the second highest unemployment rate in the U.S.”


Read the entire Best and Worst Run States in America — An Analysis Of All 50 – 24/7 Wall St.

FEB. 27, 2012

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  1. larry 62
    larry 62 27 February, 2012, 21:33

    Whoever thought that North Dakota and Wyoming would look good compared to California. What a switch. My parents brought me and my five siblings to California in 1955 because of the opportunities available here. Now, my son has left the golden state for Montana. Times they are a changing.

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    JKEYES 28 February, 2012, 07:36

    THis is why http://WWW.DownsizeCa.Org is growing.

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  3. Bruce
    Bruce 28 February, 2012, 09:08

    The given statistics merely give a single frame shot of the states
    in their time of recovery from the economic downturn. Certainly there
    are geographic and demographic reasons to account for many of these
    differences. Most revealing about this article appears to be the author’s
    desire to live in Wyoming.

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  4. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 28 February, 2012, 12:28

    The given statistics merely give a single frame shot of the states
    in their time of recovery from the economic downturn.

    Exactly right-and are you claiming that the UE rate, the number in poverty, the debt-these are going to go away anytime soon??? Please.

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  5. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 28 February, 2012, 12:53

    Bruce – If you are talking about my desire to live in Wyoming, fuggedaboutit – I am a California native. Only if California collapses into total third-world ruin will I leave.

    If you are questioning the statistics, what specific geographic and demographic reasons could bring about California’s serious downgrade? The perfect weather? The wonderful climates, and diverse landscapes?

    Or could the once-thriving manufacturing economy, and education system, now in tatters, have impacted this? Could the influx of illegal immigrants have any impact?

    – Katy

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 28 February, 2012, 13:57

    Katy Grimes is such a good writer, and so through(did i spel that write?). My parents were born in California during the depression and watched it blosem(spel?) into the greatest place on earth after ww2. It truelly was the golden state during the beach boy 60’s.
    Now, as their lives are winding down they are so depressed. What happened to their great state. Their children and grand children can’t find work and are losing their houses. Many have moved out of state as I have. None of my family leveraged their home loans into a financial black hole. All of us are workers, few ever took any food stamps or anything. A couple days in jail for the lot combined.
    My parents bought a dream home in Eureka with great big windows on a hill over looking the bay. My moms phsycaytrist (spel) told her not to look out the windows any more. If you look out the window to the left you see the drug dealers stopping every 15 minutes to buy and sell at the house across the street. When the gunfire started they had to move from their dream home.
    How could the dems destroy this eden garden in such a short period of time.
    God bless Katy Grimes and her good soul.

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  7. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 28 February, 2012, 17:02

    What happened Hondo???? I will tell you-outsourcing to 3rd world nations destroyed OUR and everyone else’s manufacturing base-we USED to build CARS in this state, as well as tons of other products.

    We started comping our go employees 2-20 times what they would earn in the real world.

    We cut public college spending from 12% of the budget down to 7%.

    We raised prison spending from 3% of the budget up to 11%.

    We spend $50 per inmate per year for custody-85% of which goes to employee compensation.

    That is it in a nutshell.

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  8. Don C
    Don C 28 February, 2012, 18:27

    Ever think it might be because we have so many Democrats in and out of the legislature? You think we might be spending too much on pensions for fat-cat government-employed retirees? How about prisoner conddling; we do a lot of that as the prison population reaches senior citizen levels, requiring much more health care. Ever think we have no control whatsoever of wages, health plans and pension programs for government employees — of whom we have wa-a-a y too many, most of them proud(?) members of the notorious SEIU. Worth thinking about. Leads to thoughts about shrinking the state, downsizing to manageable levels. Electing or otherwise choosing those who can manage is another challenge worth thinking about.

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  9. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 28 February, 2012, 20:21

    Don –


    – Katy

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  10. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 28 February, 2012, 22:35

    Ever think it might be because we have so many Democrats in and out of the legislature?

    The Repubs were inbed with the public union scams as much as dems. SB400, aka 3%@50 which started this pension scam, passed 97-6, the entire legislature voted for it-including republicans.

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