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View Poll Results: best governed state
California 3 3.23%
New York 0 0%
New Mexico 1 1.08%
Arizona 0 0%
West Virginia 0 0%
Virginia 5 5.38%
Texas 7 7.53%
Oregon 3 3.23%
Washington 5 5.38%
Utah 7 7.53%
New Hampshire 1 1.08%
Vermont 5 5.38%
Idaho 1 1.08%
Wyoming 2 2.15%
North Carolina 0 0%
South Carolina 2 2.15%
Florida 1 1.08%
Maine 0 0%
Rhode Island 0 0%
Arkansas 0 0%
Georgia 1 1.08%
Alaska 0 0%
Hawaii 1 1.08%
Wisconsin 2 2.15%
Minnesota 15 16.13%
Ohio 2 2.15%
Alabama 1 1.08%
Missouri 0 0%
Mississippi 1 1.08%
Kentucky 1 1.08%
Colorado 3 3.23%
Tennessee 4 4.30%
Pennsylvania 0 0%
New Jersey 0 0%
Delaware 0 0%
Massachusetts 2 2.15%
Kansas 0 0%
Nebraska 2 2.15%
Connecticut 0 0%
Michigan 2 2.15%
North Dakota 3 3.23%
South Dakota 1 1.08%
Nevada 1 1.08%
Oklahoma 0 0%
Louisiana 0 0%
Illinois 0 0%
Indiana 3 3.23%
Iowa 3 3.23%
Maryland 0 0%
Montana 2 2.15%
Voters: 93. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-12-2015, 10:02 AM
Location: Milwaukee
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Originally Posted by George Frankly View Post
Look at historical manufacturing employment, for one. I don't know who you are talking to with the quotation marks, is it me?
Well yeah, that's why one quotes others in that fashion. I've been here for 40+ years and know the ins-and-outs of the states. You are in Idaho.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:43 AM
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My pick would be between Utah & Minnesota. It seems that many people can agree on Minnesota, low crime, decent schools, good environmental quality. (I especially like the fact that they have started to implement a value of solar tariff) However Utah does many of the same things. (Their schools could be better). However Utah has a much stronger business climate(I’m a fan of the flat tax personally). Several companies are setting up shop in Salt Lake City. Utah is slated to be the most livable state of the future by Gallup. So I would go for Utah personally. I'm surprised no one written about it yet. Maybe people are just ignoring it because of all the mormons.

If you want my personal philosophy on governing I can roughly break it down into four categories

1. Justice system
2. Economic vibrancy
3. Education growth
4. Environmental responsibility

Other states worthy of mention in my book, Washington & Texas
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Old 06-14-2015, 02:41 AM
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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A better question would be Which states are least corrupt? Not sure I know of politicians who are not corrupt. SOme states have more corruption than others, but all of them are corrupt. Not all states governors sell senate seats like Illinois, or close bridges to punish political opponents like New Jersey but ALL of them are corrupt. It is our job as educated citizens to watch them.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:06 AM
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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I can't really say as I've only lived in a handful of states. I do remember several years ago when I lived in Nevada during the boom years. There was a serious state surplus if you could imagine. The governor at the time created a sort DMV rebate where anyone that registered or renewed tags that year got a check back for around $200.00 bucks. DMV fees in NV are very expensive so it was nice to get a little something back. My instinct is most states would take the surplus and bury it somewhere. i remember being impressed that the state would actually give back like that. Of course at the time no one was predicting the bust ahead.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:53 AM
Location: West Michigan
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I think the best-governed states are mostly the states that are easiest to govern. A lot of the complex issues in highly populated states aren't necessarily created by poor governing. It is more a combination of difficult circumstances and, yes, bad decision making. But what comes first, the chicken or the egg? The government is a reflection of the people, after all. Maybe California is just a royal pain in the rear end to manage. I think governing in Montana would be a heck of a lot more fun than governing in New York State.
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