It's not new, but it bears repeating. Especially now that so many conservative governors and legislators have their sites on "business friendly" policies.
It bears repeating that for average citizens, there's absolutely no benefit to living in a state rated among the most business friendly. Not lower unemployment rates. Not lower poverty rates. Not higher pay scales. Not higher life expectancy.
Nothing. To illustrate the point, let's compare the 5 most business friendly states to the 5 worst states for business.
Here are the top 5 states for business:
Here are the worst 5 states for business, from best to worst:
Here's the average unemployment for the best 5 states for business: 9.5%
Here's the average unemployment for the worst 5 states for business: 9.6%
Got that? 9.5 vs. 9.6. The difference is .1%. That's the employment advantage you get for slashing schools, shredding health departments, defunding pollution controls, and so on and so on. And about the cost?
Here's the average household income for the best 5 states for business: $49,265
Here's the avearage household income for the worst 5 states for business: $58,253
Here's the average life expectancy in the best 5 states for business: 76.8
Here's the average life expectancy in the worst 5 states for business: 79.2
Best 5 states for biz: 20.6%
Worst 5 states for biz: 17.8%
I'm sure we can go on and on.
But the trend takes on a solid and not-surprising shape.
It doesn't do any good for people to inhabit a state ranked among the best states for business. In fact, it's much worse.
Throughout the Great Lakes States, newly elected Republican governors and legislators are racing to make their states "business friendly" which we all know is just another term for "Person Hostile"