Once again, Louisiana finds itself at the very bottom of a list of good things. U.S. News and World Report rank Louisiana the worst state in the country to live. Our neighbor Mississippi is ranked 49th.
Overall, Louisiana was dead last in the county.
According to the report, each state was measured using more than 75 metrics, including health care, economy, opportunity and quality of life.
“More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education were weighted most heavily,” according to the report description.
The overall average put Louisiana at No. 50, behind Mississippi.
According to the report, Louisiana performed poorly across the board. Long story short, Louisiana is a poor, unhealthy state with a poor quality of life and opportunity.
Governor John Bel Edwards’s office has released a statement criticizing the ranking. They say the ranking is based on old data. However, that dog just doesn’t hunt.
Louisiana has been at the top of everything bad and bottom of everything good for decades now. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have been to blame. Louisiana’s politicians have been more interesting in acquiring power and perks for themselves and their supporters instead of improving the state.
What’s needed is for the people of Louisiana to wake up and demand accountability from our leaders. We also need to set higher standards for our leaders. If we don’t change how we govern ourselves, we will continue to be the last in everything good and the first in everything bad. That has real consequences when it comes to attracting jobs and cultivating opportunities for our young people.
We need real reform in this state or we will continue to see our young and most productive decide to leave for greener pastures.