Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index
Amidst climbing national debt and a dismally slow economic recovery, it’s evident that the solution to our economic woes lies outside of the federal government. Many states have taken the lead in identifying and implementing the policies that lead to prosperity, and those states have suffered less as a result of their pro-growth policies. In this fifth edition of Rich States, Poor States, Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Jonathan Williams identify the states that experience prosperity and those that continue to struggle, highlighting the policies that contribute to economic well-being in the 50 states. The authors also provide the 2012 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index, based on state economic policies.