Under Jan Brewer's Fearless Leadership, Arizona Not Ranked Worst-Run State in Country -- Just Third Worst

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer may think that she has "did what is right" for Arizona, but an independent analysis by the financial news Web site 24/7 Wall St. disagrees.

The site has issued its "State of the States" rankings and Arizona has been ranked 48th on its list of well-run states.

The rankings are based on analysis of each state's financial situation, so if you're shocked Arizona ranked so poorly, you shouldn't be. This is the same state that was nearly forced to sell its state capitol because its budget was so out of whack.

The site says "Well-run states have a great deal in common with well-run corporations. Books are kept balanced. Investment is prudent. Debt is sustainable. Innovation is prized. Workers are well-chosen and well-trained. Executives are picked based on merit and not 'politics.'"

Not picking executives based on politics? That means picking a governor just because she attached her name to a controversial immigration bill probably doesn't do much to help Arizona's cause.

Wyoming wins top honors as the best-run state in the country, followed by North Dakota, and Iowa.

The group finds that Kentucky is the worst-run state in the country, California came in at 49, and Arizona's financial woes have earned it number 48.

Brewer's opponent in the gubernatorial election, Attorney General Terry Goddard, is using Arizona's less-than-glamorous ranking to bash Jan.

"Jan Brewer's failed leadership has been well-documented, but this report is an indictment of her inability to manage Arizona," Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry Goddard says. "We don't need an independent analysis to tell us that our State is facing an economic crisis and that Gov. Brewer's approach to solving it -- holding a few meetings, and sprinkling out federal stimulus dollars -- is a pathetic response."

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Fire Brewer
Fire Brewer

Coughlin was just waiting to play the "gay card" a couple of weeks before election day. He uses the issue, not brought by Goddard, about Brewer's illness an a poor excuse to slur. She should fire Coughlin. I'm just so tired of the yahoos focusing on things that are just mean. We are losing jobs, houses, we have people w/ AK 47's throughout the State, etc and they focus on this? There is no way I will support Brewer now.

me
me

how could this be when our governor completed her GED and she has did what is right!!! shocker...

thank you Terry, Barry, Garry and Larry ........

SantiagoJJJr
SantiagoJJJr

"Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Anti-Christ!"

Jan Brewer's cruel budget cuts devastate Arizonans and is just one of the reasons we rank so low.

And she doesn't care!

Just a few of her cuts are addressed in this animation, but her black heart is evident in all she does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Because I have been openly trashing Mrs. Brewer since she signed SB-1070 (perhaps a wee bit before that) I have decided I am going to say something nice about her in my next comment.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

"Nolasco Miguel" wrote:

"Funny how the top run states do not have problems with immigration."

Idiot! It's got NOTHING to do with immigration. (It does have something to do with a state full of morons obsessed with Mexicans as the source of every local economic problem.)

Note also that Vermont (home of Democratic Socialist Rep. Bernie Sanders) and Minnesota (home of liberal Rep. Al Franken) are fourth and fifth respectively.

The issue is pertinent because we might ask which of these states can Arizona best emulate. Wyoming gets most of its revenues from taxes, levies, and royalties from the oil and gas industry and from property taxes on mineral production. Agriculture is the largest industry in North Dakota. Iowa has transitioned from a largely agricultural economy to "a diversified economy, with manufacturing, biotechnology, finance and insurance services, green energy production, and government services contributing substantially to Iowa's economy" according to Wiki. Minnesota and Vermont have diversified economies.

The one thing which all of these "well run states" have in common is that they have a tax structure in place which is sufficient to meet state spending needs. Unlike Arizona.

The good news is that Arizona has PLENTY of revenue options:

http://ebr.eller.arizona.edu/r...

The bad news is that Arizona lacks responsible political leadership able and willing to explain and advocate a tax structure capable of raising sufficient revenue; just a lot of scalpel wielding jackals jabbering about largely non-existent waste and fraud and the "necessity" for social suffering in pursuit of conservative fiscal goals.

Nolasco Miguel
Nolasco Miguel

Funny how the top run states do not have problems with immigration.

Truth08
Truth08

When will she finally take us to that highly coveted 'absolute bottom' spot?

Regards,Truth

LeftWing
LeftWing

Placing financial issues on one source solely would be moronic. Its a mixture of poorly run gov't, immigration issues, and other factors also. To say that illegal immigration doesn't put a strain on our government's budget would just be ignorant.

Mike Wells
Mike Wells

Funny how Utah is #6 on the list, yet we hear daily that we have an immigration problem in this state. I think your prejudice is showing.

Nweng
Nweng

Who do you think are working in the meat packing companies there? ICE arrested 500+ in one raid there just a couple of years ago. You'd be surprised at how many there really are in the midwest and I suggest doing a little research before you make assertions like that again.

Steve
Steve

Which came first? I bet you don't know which is a cause, which is a result or if neither is true.

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