John Merline of Investor’s Business Daily highlights the latest news from the American Legislative Exchange Council on which of the 50 states are thriving and which ones are sinking. With Texas leading far into the economic growth and job creators club, Merline notices a, ahem, pattern at work among the other states:
In fact, of the 10 states that had the best economic performance over the past decade, all but two — Nevada and Washington — are solid red states, based on the past four presidential elections. Other top economic performers include Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, Idaho and Arizona.
At the other end of the spectrum, all but two of the worst-performing states are solidly blue. In addition to Michigan, bottom-dwelling states include New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The only non-blue states in the bottom 10 were Ohio and Missouri.
“States with lower taxes and less regulation outperform those that pursue Keynesian-style public policies,” said study co-author Jonathan Williams, who is director of ALEC’s Center for State Fiscal Reform. “And people are voting with their feet in favor of these states.”
In addition, of the 10 states expected to do best economically this year, only two — Virginia and Florida — aren’t solidly Republican.
And of the 10 states expected to fare worst, all but one — Montana — are solid blue states.