Louisiana Rankings are Worse Than Ever

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When it comes to lists, Louisiana rarely seems to rank well in the most important categories. From education to crime rates, most residents have grown so accustomed to seeing Louisiana rank near the bottom on any list that over time it’s become downright comical. “Thank God for Mississippi,” is common response when the topic of outdated infrastructure or abysmal financial literacy rates is discussed among Louisianans.

But now, not even “TGFM” holds water, with Louisiana recently earning the title of worst state in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. Even for a state familiar with pitiful rankings, this is a new low.

Annual poor rankings for education, crime, infrastructure and more should alarm Louisiana residents, and more importantly, our governor. What is Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to break this dreadful, never-ending cycle? No Louisiana resident expects a miraculous, worst-to-first rise from cellar-dweller to best state in America, but is it too much to ask for rankings near the middle of the pack?

Louisiana residents deserve better and should demand more leadership from the Edwards administration. The cycle of appalling state ratings must be broken, but it does not appear Edwards will be the man to break it.

Take a look at some of Louisiana’s worst rankings:

LOUISIANA RANKINGS
BEST STATES 50 U.S. News & World Report
HEALTHCARE 45 U.S. News & World Report
EDUCATION 46 U.S. News & World Report
CRIME & CORRECTIONS 50 U.S. News & World Report
INFRASTRUCTURE 39 U.S. News & World Report
OPPORTUNITY 49 U.S. News & World Report
ECONOMY 46 U.S. News & World Report
GOVERNMENT 46 U.S. News & World Report
BEST/WORST RUN STATE 50 24/7 Wall Street
EDUCATION 46 Education Week
WORST STATES FOR CHILDREN 50 Save the Children
HIGHWAYS 34 Reason Foundation
JUDICIAL HELLHOLES (2016-17) 7 American Tort Reform Foundation
JUDICIAL HELLHOLES (2017-18) 8 American Tort Reform Foundation
LEGAL CLIMATE 50 U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
ECONOMY 50 Wallet Hub
INFRASTRUCTURE D+ Louisiana ASCE
SALES TAX 1 (highest) Tax Foundation
STATE BUSINESS CLIMATE 41 Tax Foundation
WORST STATES FOR BUSINESS 7 CNBC
BRIDGES – based on % of structurally deficient bridges 10th worst American Road & Transportation Builders Association
BRIDGES – based on # of structurally deficient bridges 12th worst American Road & Transportation Builders Association
BEST/WORST STATES FOR BUSINESS 37 Chief Executive
HEALTHIEST STATES FOR SENIORS 47 United Health Foundation
HEALTHIEST STATES 49 United Health Foundation
EDUCATION – PUBLIC SCHOOLS 51 Wallet Hub
FINANCIAL LITERACY 51 Wallet Hub
UNINSURED RATE 44 AXIOS
UNEMPLOYMENT 47 AXOIS
PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE 46 AXOIS
PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION IN POVERTY 49 AXOIS
HIGHEST OBESITY RATE 51 AXOIS
MOST STRESSED STATES 2 Wallet Hub
BEST/WORST FOR TEACHERS 40 Wallet Hub
FISCAL HEALTH 44 Mercatus Center