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Study Finds Red States Use Taxpayer Money More Efficiently, Provide Superior Services

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  • 03/22/2023
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To the surprise of few, a new study found that red states put taxpayer money to better use than their blue state counterparts.

As Fox reported

WalletHub used 29 metrics to compare the quality and efficiency of state government services across five categories — health, safety, education, the economy, and infrastructure and pollution — taking into account the different rates at which residents are taxed in each state.

According to WalletHub's findings, red states yield a better return on investment for taxpayers, ranking on average significantly higher than their blue state counterparts. States were designated red or blue based on how they voted in the 2020 presidential election.

The study determined each state’s weighted average across those 29 metrics to calculate an overall “government services score,” then constructed a “taxpayer return on investment” ranking by comparing each state’s services score to its taxes paid per-capita. 

The ten states with the best ROI were determined to (starting with #1), New Hampshire, Florida, Alaska, South Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Virginia, Georgia, Ohio, and Wyoming. The ten worst were (starting with #50) New York, Louisiana, Oregon, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Arkansas, New Mexico, Hawaii, and California. 

Florida and Texas gained the most new residents last year, while California and New York lost the most. 

One minor issue with this study was that it defined “red states” and “blue states” based on how they voted in the 2020 election. For that reason, Georgia, one of the best ranking states, is counted as a “blue state” in this study for instance, even though it has a Republican Governor, House, and Senate. Adjusting for this would only shift the results further in the favor of red states, of course.

Matt Palumbo is the author of Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers: How the Left Hijacked and Weaponized the Fact-Checking Industry and The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros

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