Louisiana ranks last in the U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings of the best states.
Criteria included health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime& corrections and natural environment. The state of Washington fared better than the other fifty states followed by New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah, and Vermont. Texas ranked 38th on the list, while Arkansas came in the 45th, Alabama and Mississippi ranked just ahead of Louisiana at 49 and 48. When asked about the report Governor John Bel Edwards stated:
“Unfortunately, this ranking doesn’t accurately reflect the progress Louisiana has made in recent years and how much better we are doing today, given the gains that we have made in many critical areas that directly impact people’s lives.”
The Governor’s top opponent in next year’s gubernatorial race, Ralph Abraham, stated that Edwards is the problem.