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The critical report,Selling Snake Oil to the States: The American Legislative Exchange Council's Flawed Prescriptions for Prosperity,was published today by the non-partisan non-profit organizations Good Jobs First (GJF) and the Iowa Policy Project (IPP), both of which promote public policy fostering economic opportunity and smart growth for states.
"Laffer’s analysis fails to examine whether states are able to deliver on their basic duties for their residents -- like maintaining good infrastructure, supporting strong schools and higher education opportunities, or securing public safety.""states that were rated higher on ALEC's Economic Outlook Ranking in 2007," the first year the ranking was published, "have actually been doing worse economically in the years since, while the less a state conformed with ALEC policies the better off it was."For Example:The state the RSPS report ranks as number one for economic outlook and number twelve for economic performance is Utah,due to its low top marginal corporate and personal income tax rates,flat tax, lack of estate tax,low state minimum wage, andRight to Work law.But the price of these policies has been high.Per capita income in Utah has averaged 44th out of 50 states from 2007 to 2011.Growth in that per capita income ranked 43rd [out of 50 states].And its poverty rate increased by 39 percent over that time period, the fourth highest increase in the states.