Rich States, Poor States

For anyone who hasn’t yet seen it, the American Legislative Exchange Council recently related their “Rich States, Poor States” economic competitiveness index, updated for 2009. The authors — Arthur Laffer, Steve Moore, and Jonathan Williams — look at policies that impact state economic competitiveness and rank the states accordingly.

Of particular interest this year is a comparative case study between California and Texas that is likely to ruffle some feathers in the Golden State and lead to some self-congratulation in the Lone Star State.