From the Camelot Index:Healthy Society Component, "
"[/b] Idaho #1 at a Score of 6.4
FSP state rankings:
WY #6 at 12.6
ND #7 at 13
SD #9 at 15
MT #10 at 15.2
ME #12 at 16.2
VT #13 at 18.2
NH #14 at 20.2
AK #30 at 26.4
DE #42 at 34.4http://www.wnpt.net/tndollars/compare_society.htm
Some more "disturbing trends" from the statist-leaning Children's Defense Fund (These actually bode well for Idaho as a candidate state
--Between August 1996 and June 1999, Idahoâ€™s welfare caseload dropped 80 percent from 21,780 to 4,365. In the United States, the welfare caseload dropped 44 percent from 12,241,489 to 6,773,700.
--Only Idaho families with annual incomes below $20,472 for a family of three qualify for child care help. Federal law allows the state to serve families with annual incomes up to $31,511. 1999
--Idaho has no Child Access Prevention (CAP) Law and has no Trigger Lock Law.
--Idahoâ€™s high school completion rate is 88.0 percent, compared with a national rate of 85.8 percent. 1995-1997
--In the academic year 1995-1996, Idaho spent $4,194 per pupil, which ranked 47th in the country for total expenditures per pupil. (New Jersey ranked 1st with $9,361 for total expenditures per pupil.) 1995-1996
--As of June 2000, Idaho had an estimated $4.1 million unspent Childrenâ€™s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds from its FY 1998 allotment.
--In Idaho, the total unobligated (uncommitted) TANF funds for FY 1997 through FY 1999 is $19.2 million.
--Presumptive Eligibility: MEDICAID: NO
Source: Children's Defense Fund Action Council "Children in the States 2000"
Some recent accolades:
IDAHO EARNS TOP NATIONAL RANKINGS FOR ON-LINE ACCESS TO TAXPAYER SERVICES AND ELECTRONIC MAPPING TOOLShttp://www2.state.id.us/adm/about/pr_2002_1118.htm
I did an analysis of the court systems for both gaining and collecting on a money judgement in small claims court, since I have had extensive experience professionally and personally collecting on small claims in several states. http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?board=5;action=display;threadid=96;start=0(My formulations only demonstrate how successfully you should expect to have the court help you get money back that is owed you, but remember that since justice should work both ways, for both defendant and plaintiff, this needs a more careful analysis)
Idaho scored down at #7 out of 10 for small claims limits, but
Idaho tied for #1 along with adjacent states Montana and Wyoming for ability to collect on a judgement.
One thing for certain, I was not pleased at what I saw in Vermont. Make no mistake about it, the socialist activists in that state made a beeline for the court system and have been working busily at the halls of justice ever since they got a foothold.