According to its report “Rich States, Poor States,” the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has concluded that states with more Democrats in control have poorer economic performance than other states under Republican control.
ALEC released the following chart showing the top ten and bottom ten states:
A breakdown of where control lies in the bottom ten states was published at Townhall. Data mined for the report include various taxes, minimum wage, number of public employees, etc.:
#41: Oregon (Dems control the legislature and governor’s office)
#42: Maine (Dems split control of the legislature with Republicans)
#43: Hawaii (Dems control the legislature and governor’s office)
#44: Illinois (Dems control the legislature)
#45: Minnesota (Dems control the governor’s office)
#46: Connecticut (Dems control the legislature and governor’s office)
#47: California (Dems control the legislature and governor’s office)
#48: New Jersey (Dems control the legislature)
#49: Vermont (Dems control the legislature)
#50: New York (Dems control the legislature and governor’s office)
As Townhall noted, ALEC was particularly picky with Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s New Jersey. Though he has pushed for economic reforms, ALEC points out his pension plan is underfunded by over $200 billion. Here’s ALEC’s assessment of the state’s taxes:
On tax policy, the governor praised Republicans and Democrats for reducing the state sales tax and increasing the exclusions for the state’s estate tax (to be eliminated completely in 2018); but he failed to mention the tax cut savings are almost entirely offset by the enormous 23-cent per gallon increase in the gas tax. This year’s sales tax reduction of 0.125 percent will save a whopping $1.25 on a $1,000 purchase; meanwhile, the gas tax hike will cost twice this much on a single 11 gallon fill-up. And while he commended the implementation of a property tax cap during his tenure (projected to save taxpayers $520 million), he failed to mention that New Jersey’s property tax burden is the worst in the nation. Capping the tax does not alter this harsh reality.
To read the full report, click here.