Louisiana ranks last on 'Camelot Index'
Louisiana ranks dead last on a new composite index comparing how the 50 states fare on measures of economic vitality, education, health, crime and governance, The Times-Picayune reports. The "Camelot Index" is issued annually by Federal Funds Information for States, a nonpartisan subscription service created by the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks and reports on the fiscal impact of federal budget and policy decisions on state budgets and programs. "It is based on the premise that most people share a common set of preferences: fewer taxes are better than more, small class sizes are better than large, low death rates are better than high, less crime is better than more, and so on," FFIS writes in explaining the index, named for the mythical Arthurian kingdom—that most "congenial spot," as lyrics of the musical put it. Overall for 2012, Louisiana ranks as Camelot- Not. The report notes, "Nevada and South Carolina move out of the bottom ranking from 2011, replaced this year by Louisiana. Seven of the Index's 10 bottom-ranking states are from the South." Read the full story here for more specific rankings by category in the index.
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