Every year 24/7 Wall St. analyzes various data from each state and then ranks them in order based on that data. The result is a list of all 50 of the “best” run and “worst” run states. I’m going to be taking a closer look at their study later on today and publishing it tonight at 7PM if you care to come back then. But for now let’s take a quick look at just three states: North Dakota (#1), California (#50), and Colorado – where I live – at #29.
First of all, the authors admit that measuring how well a state is run is a difficult task:
The successful management of a state is difficult to measure. Factors that affect its finances and population may be the result of decisions made years ago. A state’s difficulties can be caused by poor governance or by external factors, such as extreme weather.
Put another way, nature may have blessed a state with an abundance of natural resources that other states don’t share. And a state may have suffered an abundance of stupidity inflicted on that state by politicians long dead and thankfully forgotten (if not forgiven). Nevertheless, the effort to rank them is