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ALEC: Idaho 6th In Economic Outlook

In a report from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Idaho’s economic outlook continues to look good, ranked sixth in the nation. ALEC, based in Washington, D.C., describes itself as a “nonpartisan individual membership organization of state legislators which favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions.” Idaho’s economic outlook has improved since the first year the report was published. In 2008 Idaho ranked 10th, 14th in 2009, seventh in 2010 and fifth in 2011. ... Idaho’s spot near the top of the economic list comes with three of the variables used in the report seen as the best the nation has to offer, earning the state a first-place rank in those areas. Those three are Idaho is a right-to-work state, the state’s estate/inheritance tax levy is not considered punishable compared to other states and the Gem State’s minimum wage is low compared to other states thus creating some employment opportunities here in contrast to states with a higher minimum wage/Mitch Coffman, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Idaho is ranked high on this index?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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