Study: The Worst Run States Are Run by Democrats

Study: The Worst Run States Are Run by Democrats
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In the least surprising news of the day, a review of the states in the best and worst financial condition reveals that seven of the ten in the worst condition are run by Democrats.

According to Just The News:

A new report published by Chicago-based Truth in Accounting found that the majority of state finances worsened in 2020, with taxpayer burdens skyrocketing.

In seven of the 10 states in the worst financial shape with the highest taxpayer burdens, the state government was under unified Democratic control (the governor and both houses of the state legislature were Democratic), while the other three were under divided control.

None of the 10 states in the worst financial straits were Republican-controlled.

The report found that 39 of the 50 states didn’t have enough money to pay their bills during the onset of state shutdowns in 2020, and most saw their fiscal conditions worsen despite federal aid. The average taxpayer burden (the amount each taxpayer would owe to pay off their state’s debt) also increased $2,000 on average in 2020 across all states to $9,300.

The top ten states with the highest taxpayer burdens are as follows:

  • Connecticut: -$62,500
  • New Jersey: -$58,300
  • Illinois: -$57,000
  • Massachusetts: -$38,100
  • Hawaii:  $37,000
  • Delaware: -$31,300
  • Kentucky: -$26,000
  • Vermont: -$24,700
  • California: -$21,100
  • New York: -$20,100


Democrats control the governorship and both houses in Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Delaware, California and New York.  Massachusetts and Vermont have Democrat run legislatures with Republican governors, while Kentucky has a Republican legislature with a Democrat governor. Or in other words, nine of the ten worst run states fiscally are run by the same party that’s currently trying to argue at the federal level that $3.5 trillion is the same as zero.

Eleven states had taxpayer surpluses per citizen:

  • Alaska: +$55,100
  • North Dakota: +$39,200
  • Wyoming: +$19,500
  • Utah: +$6,500
  • South Dakota: +$5,200
  • Tennessee +$4,400
  • Nebraska: +$3,800
  • Idaho: +$3,000
  • Iowa: +$2,000
  • Oregon: +$1,000
  • Minnesota: +$200


Nine of the eleven states with taxpayer surpluses are run by Republicans, while one is run by Democrats (Oregon), and one is split (Minnesota, with a Democrat House/Governor and Republican Senate).

Matt Palumbo is the author of The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George SorosDumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate

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