States Overview

Economic Outlook

This is a forward-looking forecast based on the state’s standing (equal-weighted average) in 15 important state policy variables. Data reflect state and local rates and revenues and any effect of federal deductibility.

United States Overview (2024 Edition)

From the 2024 edition of Rich States, Poor States. These values are the most recent available at the time of publication.
5.57% avg.
6.75% avg.
(change in tax liability per $1,000 of income) $10.25 avg.
(per $1,000 of personal income) $29.11 avg.
(per $1,000 of personal income) $22.46 avg.
(per $1,000 of personal income) $17.46 avg.
17 states
-$2.06 avg.
5.44% avg.
(full-time equivalent) 522.2 avg.
(tort litigation treatment, judicial impartiality, etc.) 68.98 avg.
(federal floor is $7.25) $10.71 avg.
(per $100 of payroll) $1.31 avg.
(option to join or support a union) 26 states
0.94 avg.

    Rich States, Poor States 17th Edition

    The 17th edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index is the latest in our annual series examining each state’s competitiveness and economic outlook. Used by lawmakers across the states…
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