It has been a big week for those who are interested in understanding why some states prosper and others stagnate. Lots of new data to chew on:
1. First, there is new data on poverty levels by state. Click on this map, courtesy of Catherine Rampell, writing at Economix, to see the details:
2. The Census Bureau has issued new data on state and local taxes. According to the Wall Street Journal, aggregate state and local tax revenue is up 1.7 percent.
3. Lastly, the Cato Institute has issued its fiscal report card on America’s governors. Here are the “A”s:
…and the “F”s: