Rhode Island “4th Worst Run State” in New Ranking

Friday, December 04, 2015

 

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Unemployment, poverty, debt per capita, and other factors landed the distinction of being the nation's 4th worst run state in a new ranking.

Rhode Island has been dubbed the fourth "worst run state" in the country by a new national ranking, based on such factors as debt per capita, unemployment, credit ranking, and poverty rate.

According to 24/7 Wall Street, only Mississippi, Illinois, and New Mexico are worse run. The online publication writes for Rhode Island:

After Massachusetts, its neighbor to the north, Rhode Island’s debt per capita is the second highest in the nation, contributing to its rank as the fourth worst-run state. While the average state debt per capita across all states is $3,567, Rhode Island’s debt is equal to $9,068 per state resident. With a dwindling tax base, conditions may get worse in the Ocean State before they get better. Rhode Island lost roughly 0.3% of its total population to people relocating from 2010 through 2014, making it one of 12 states with more people moving out than moving in. The population decline likely contributed to the even sharper drop in property values. Home prices in Rhode Island decreased by 7.3% over roughly the same time period, the fourth steepest drop in the country.

Criteria

According to the ranking, the following landed Rhode Island the distinction of being the 47th best run state. 

> Debt per capita: $9,068 (2nd highest)
> Credit rating (S&P/Moody’s): AA/Aa2
> Unemployment rate: 5.3% (17th highest)
> Median household income: $54,891 (19th highest)
> Poverty rate: 14.3% (24th lowest)

"Budget allocation in Rhode Island may not be efficient. While the state spends much more on government than is typical, at 5.4% of its annual budget, the government sector actually detracted 0.2 percentage points from the state’s 2014 GDP growth, a larger drag than in all but six other states," wrote 24/7 Wall Street. 

According to 24/7 Wall Street, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Iowa are the best run. 

 

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