Depending on the state you live, you may have more difficulty working in your desired occupation. Licensing rules make it harder for people to work as in many cases you must spend money for licensing before knowing if you have work. It limits supply of workers by making it harder for workers to get a job. Reason Magazine’s study of Occupational licensing highlights states’ occupational licensing requirements. They even list the “Most Outrageous Licensing Laws.” Can you imagine that you must have license to be a florist in Louisiana? No other state does that! Can you imagine that you must have a license to be a junkyard dealer in Ohio? No other state has that requirement. If you travel into Vermont as a photographer you must have a license. Yet if you live in Vermont you are qualified. And in Iowa you must have a license to be a munure applicator. I wonder if there is a special course you can take online to qualify for that!!!! Licensing requirements hurt workers. The Best and Worst States follow. Go to www.reason.org/news/occupational_licensing_rankings_082407.shtml for the full report.
Worst States to Work # Job Licenses
1. California 177
2. Connecticut 155
3. Maine 134
4. New Hampshire 130
5. Arkansas 128
Best States to Work
1. Missouri 41
2. Washington 43
3. Kansas 56
4. South Carolina 60
5. Idaho 61
With Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich in the news concerning corruption charges, what states are the worst states for political corruption? There are some pretty good candidates. Is it Illinois, Louisiana, California, New York, Florida or Ohio?
According to the Report to Congress on the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section (www.usdoj.gov/criminal/pin/docs/arpt-2006.pdf ) the Best and Worst States for Corruption convictions during the 10 year period of 1997-2006 were:
The Most Political Convictions:
1. Florida 809
2. New York 762
3. California 753
4. Pennsylvania 566
5. Ohio 538
6. Illinois 524
The Least Political Convictions:
1. Vermont 12
2. Nebraska 13
3. New Hampshire 14
4. Wyoming 16
5. Maine 25
Some high profile scandals and corruptions have to put New York, New Jersey and Connecticut up for consideration with each having a Governor step down in disgrace.
Louisiana has the highest per capita political corruption rate with 7.67 convictions per 100,000 of population. Yet it would be hard not to still consider Illinois as the Worst State for Political Corruption with its history of scandal.
Northern New England appears to be a good place for integrity in the politics.
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MSN has a great list of state tax burdens. The worst states are Connecticut (38.3%), followed by New York (37.1%), New Jersey (35.6%) and Nevada (35.2%). Oklahoma residents pay the least (27.8%), followed by those in Alabama (28.0%) and Alaska (28.1%).
Here is the link: articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Taxes/Advice/TheBestAndWorstStatesForTaxes.aspx
No income tax states are great for people who are working. Seven states have no state income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. Two others, New Hampshire and Tennessee, tax only dividend and interest income. To see how other states compare, check out the Federation of Tax Administrators’ listing of individual income tax rates for 2008. Wyoming and South Dakota are also two of the best states for employment so you can find probably find a job and keep more of what you earn. See our blog note: blog.bestandworststates.com/2009/01/03/wyoming-best-and-michigan-worst-state-for-employment-december-2008.aspx