ON-Lion Letter
From the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Washington, D.C., the 9th Edition of Rich States, Poor States:  ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index reveals a pro-growth trend across the nation for 2016.

Rich States, Poor States examines the latest movements in state economic growth.  The data rank the 2016 economic outlook of states using 15 equally weighted policy variables -- including various tax rates, regulatory burdens, and labor policies.  The top-ranked state is Utah, followed by North Carolina, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Arizona.  The 46th through 50th states are Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Michigan.

The ninth edition also examines trends during the last few decades that have helped or hurt states' economies.

Used by state lawmakers across America since 2008, Rich States, Poor States is authored by economist Arthur B. Laffer of the Pacific Research Institute's (PRI's) Laffer Center; Stephen Moore, distinguished visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation; and Jonathan Williams, vice president of the ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform (CSFR).

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports ALEC and its CSFR, PRI, and Heritage.
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