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Idaho: No. 16 best run state in USA

In "The Best & Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50" by 24/7 Wall Street, Washington ranks No. 9 and Idaho ranks No. 16. North Dakota, Wyoming and Iowa are considered the best run states. New Mexico, Illinois and Mississippi are considered the worst run states. Here's what is written about Idaho:

16. Idaho
> Debt per capita:
$2,232 (13th lowest)
> Credit rating (S&P/Moody’s): AA+/Aa1
> Unemployment rate: 4.0% (11th lowest)
> Median household income: $47,861 (14th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 14.8% (25th highest)

According to an annual report on corruption from The Center for Public Integrity, Idaho earns the second highest marks in the country for its budgetary process. With responsible budgetary practices, Idaho has assets on hand to cover 85% of all state pensions. The average pension funded ratio among all states is 72%, by contrast. Idaho is able to effectively manage workers’ pensions despite having a much lower than average annual tax revenue per capita. While the national average per capita tax revenue is $2,657, Idaho collects on average only $2,190 annually per state resident.

You can find a full list of the best/worst run states here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Idaho's ranking?


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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