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Re:More and other criteria to weigh states with
« Reply #210 on: September 05, 2003, 11:34:25 am »

Comparative look at choice of state residence by foreign-born residents
(ranked highest to lowest by rank of % foreign born among 50 states and D.C.)


State / % Foreign-born (2000) /Rank / % increase 1990-2000 / Top countries represented in growth

AK  5.9% = 22 out of 51 (+50%) Philippines, Korea, and Canada

DE  6.0% = 23 out of 51 (+102%) Mexico, India, and the United Kingdom

ID  5.0% = 28 out of 51 (+122%) Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom

NH  4.0% = 29 out of 51 (+31%) Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany

VT  4.0% = 33 out of 51 (+32%) Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany

ME  2.9% = 39 out of 51 (+1%) Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany

WY  2.0% = 44 out of 51 (+47%) Mexico, Canada, and Germany

ND  2.0% = 47 out of 51 (+29%) Canada, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina

MT  2.0% = 48 out of 51 (+19%) Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom

SD  2.0% = 49 out of 51 (+75%) Mexico, Canada, and Germany


Source: http://www.migrationinformation.org/USFocus/statemap.cfm#
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Re:Farm subsidy dependence
« Reply #211 on: September 08, 2003, 08:57:13 pm »

A friend of mine with extensive experience living and working in the western plains states has repeatedly emphasized the degree to which rural people in those states depend on farm subsidies. It is not just the big corporations which we know about, but the small farmer as well. Their dependence of federal farm subsidies would be a major factor for the FSP.

Below are the total dollar amounts from this source.
http://www.taxpayer.net/agriculture/learnmore/tcsanalysis/farmbillfailures-D.htm
These could be also ranked on a per capita basis but the total dollars is a valid measurement of the political power of these subsidies in each state. Any FSP effort to tell the feds to get out of their state will run into a major hurdle -- as measured by the expense and effort needed to wean the recipients off these subsidies. In many respects North South and South Dakota are bought and paid for by the feds. Even in Idaho and Montana this would be a major hurdle for the Free State depending on how much it wanted to free itself and its people from federal "bingo" money.
http://www.taxpayer.net/agriculture/learnmore/tcsanalysis/farmbillfailures-D.htm
         $98,000   Alaska
    $1,329,000   New Hampshire
    $4,088,000   Maine
    $4,396,000   Vermont
  $18,069,000   Wyoming
  $23,520,000   Delaware
$152,736,000   Idaho
$205,929,000   Montana
$572,483,000   North Dakota
$575,744,000   South Dakota

The per capita ranking is:
    $0.16     Alaska
    $1.08     New Hampshire
    $3.21     Maine
    $7.22     Vermont
  $30.02     Delaware
  $36.59     Wyoming
$118.07     Idaho
$228.25     Montana
$762.73     South Dakota
$891.44     North Dakota

Very good point, Joe.  I may need to re-access the Dakotas once again.  Wyoming and Alaska are heavily dependent on energy sources for revenue while the Dakotas take it in with agriculture.
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New Hampshire: Fewest historic sites (per capita)
« Reply #212 on: September 08, 2003, 09:34:49 pm »

The candidate states ranked by number of Historic Sites per 1000 population.

Despite some suggestions otherwise, New Hampshire REALLY IS different than the other New England states ... and the western states for that matter!

RankStateSitesPop(1000s)# Sites per 1000 pop
1.NH67112750.526
2.AK3756440.582
3.ND3806340.599
4.ID96713410.721
5.DE6638070.822
6.WY4524990.906
7.MT9559091.051
8.ME141412751.109
9.VT6896171.117
10.SD11477611.507

Source: National Register of Historic Sites
http://www.nr.nps.gov/nrloc1.htm

Reason umpteen-hundred-and-wow to choose NEW HAMPSHIRE!
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Re:New Hampshire: Fewest historic sites (per capita)
« Reply #213 on: September 10, 2003, 04:07:59 am »

The candidate states ranked by number of Historic Sites per 1000 population.


This is something that anyone will figure out real quite if they spend more than a fews days in New England.  Historic sites are everywhere and they are usually a bad thing.

NH 671
ME 1414
VT 689

Wyoming and AK look a lot better
AK 375
WY 452


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Allergy- in the states and near-by
« Reply #214 on: September 10, 2003, 04:17:14 am »

There is a list of the 50 worst cities in the nation for allergies.  None of the FSP candidate state cities are one the list because they are too small.  Here are the rankings for the cities near FSP candidate states.

Worst:
6 Hartford-New Haven, CT (near NH and VT)
9 Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA (near DE)
26 Baltimore, MD (near DE)
27 Boston, MA (near NH and ME)
32 Salt Lake City, UT (near WY and ID)
33 Philadelphia, PA (near DE)
38 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (near VT)
44 Washington, DC (near DE)
48 Denver, CO (near WY)

DE looks to be the worst (by some distance) and NH, ME, WY, VT, and ID also have problems.  AK, MT, ND, and SD might have problems but because they are not near are large MSAs, they we list leaves info on them blank.

http://www.allergyactionplan.com/topcapitals.html

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http://www.allergyactionplan.com/capitals-map.html

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Re:New Hampshire: Fewest historic sites (per capita)
« Reply #215 on: September 10, 2003, 07:44:15 am »

The candidate states ranked by number of Historic Sites per 1000 population.


This is something that anyone will figure out real quite if they spend more than a fews days in New England.  Historic sites are everywhere and they are usually a bad thing.

NH 671
ME 1414
VT 689

Wyoming and AK look a lot better
AK 375
WY 452

Sorry, FreedomRoad, raw numbers don't mean much here -- when measured per capita, it is a fair indicator of a population's willingness to accept forced historic preservation of their property.
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Re:New Hampshire: Fewest historic sites (per capita)
« Reply #216 on: September 10, 2003, 07:41:14 pm »

The candidate states ranked by number of Historic Sites per 1000 population.


This is something that anyone will figure out real quite if they spend more than a fews days in New England.  Historic sites are everywhere and they are usually a bad thing.

NH 671
ME 1414
VT 689

Wyoming and AK look a lot better
AK 375
WY 452

Sorry, FreedomRoad, raw numbers don't mean much here -- when measured per capita, it is a fair indicator of a population's willingness to accept forced historic preservation of their property.

Even more obvious - the more history, the more historic sites. You could argue that the fact that WY and AK, having had much less history (involving non-Native Americans) than NH, ME and VT, actually have a surprisingly high number of historic sites.

Historic sites, for the most part, can only be designated if there were people there to take part in events. Non-indigenous peoples have pretty much been predominant in New England for over 300 years, maybe twice as long (and in much higher numbers) as in WY...

If you factor in the greater numbers of people and the longer span of 'history', all other things being equal WY should have no more than maybe 1/4 as many and AK maybe 1/5 as many sites as does NH or ME - instead, both have more than 50% as many as NH! This seems to imply that the smaller populations in these states have, over a shorter period of time, been adopting 'historic' sites at an alarming rate.

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Re:More and other criteria to weigh states with
« Reply #217 on: September 10, 2003, 11:36:38 pm »

Vote for Ed Clark in 1980.  He was the LP member that ran against Reagan, Carter, and Anderson.

However, if we just look at Ed Clark (in 1980) we get this:
Ak was the strongest followed by the Mountain-west states.  The Northeast, and Southeast were the worst.  Well, the entire East Coast from NH to TX did poor.  The entire West Coast, all of the Moutain-west states, and much of the Mid-west did well.

AK 11.7% (wonderful)
MT 2.7% (Mountain-west)
WY 2.6% (Mountain-west)
ID 1.9% (Mountain-west)
ND 1.2%
SD 1.2%
US Average 1.1%
ME 1.0%
VT 0.9%
DE 0.8%
NH 0.5% (horrible)


Selected other states:  
The West did much better than the East or Mid-west.  Even the Mid-west did a lot better than the East.
CO 2.2% (Mountain-west)
OR 2.2% (West)
AZ 2.1% (West)
NV 1.8% (West)
WA 1.7% (West)
CA 1.7% (West)

MN 1.5% (Mid-west)
KS 1.5% (Mid-west)
OK 1.2% (Mid-west)
MI 1.1% (Mid-west)
IA 1.0% (Mid-west)

MA 0.9% (East)
DC 0.8% (even DC did better than NH) (East)
NY 0.8% (East)
PA 0.7% (East)
NJ 0.7% (East)
CT 0.6% (East)
RI 0.6% (East)
NC 0.5% (East)
SC 0.5% (East)
KY 0.4% (East)
TN 0.4% (East)
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Re:More and other criteria to weigh states with
« Reply #218 on: September 11, 2003, 11:05:18 pm »

I've got a good one, folks (forgive me if this has been reported already somewhere here).

The "State Solvency Index"

I haven't looked for the original document, but it is reported on here (see p. 8 ):
http://www.oregontaxes.org/YT-may-2003.pdf

It's described this way. "One way of measuring the relative fiscal health of states is to calculate how much money would be left over if each state had to cease operations and pay off all debt including pension promises to employees. After this calculation, if money is left over it would be distributed to residents, but a negative result would mean an additional levy on those same citizens."

The following table gives 50-state rank (in order from most solvent to least solvent), states, amount per citizen (negative means insolvent, citizens are liable for more taxes), change from 1993 through 2002, and rank in the country of that change. The latter two show recent trends, of course.

1   AK   $52,945  $31,601  1
2   WY  $9,034   $3,462    3
4   ND  $2,700    $1,682   13
5   DE  $2,576    $2,376     5
8   MT  $1,956   $1,697    12
20 ID    $986       $849     20
21 SD  $912       $385      26
  U. S. Avg $797   $1,101
36 NH  -$720    -$96      36
37 VT   -$789     $272      28
43 ME  -$1,285  $517     25

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Teacher pay adjusted for cost of living
« Reply #219 on: September 13, 2003, 04:12:13 pm »

Pay of teachers after adjusted for cost of living in the canidate states.  States with the lowest adjusted pay are listed first

Rank/ State/ Pay adjust for cost of living
1. SD 49
2. ND 48
3. MT 47
4. WY 46
5. NH 41
6. ME 38
7. VT 34
8. AK 31
9. ID 28
10. DE 6

Source
http://drc.cfed.org/measures/avg_teach_sal.html
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Re:More and other criteria to weigh states with
« Reply #220 on: September 16, 2003, 10:11:24 pm »

Family Support for Families of Persons with Developmental Disabilities in the U.S.: Status and Trends

State governments that provide cash  subsidies to families in neeed:
(among candidate states)

The only state among candidates is North Dakota, which ranks #2 in the nation for cash subsidy per family.
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Total State Family Support spending in 1998
(Rank of each candidate state among 50 states, amount of expenditure per capita)

Idaho 49  ($0.09)
Maine 39  ($0.67)
Delaware 35  ($0.98)  
South Dakota 30 ($1.61)
Wyoming 14  ($4.18)
North Dakota 7  ($5.87)
Vermont 6  ($6.66)
New Hampshire 5  ($6.77)
Montana 3  ($7.90)

Source: Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota
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Re:Teacher pay adjusted for cost of living
« Reply #221 on: September 17, 2003, 12:29:27 am »

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Source
http://drc.cfed.org/measures/avg_teach_sal.html
There is a wealth of information at that sight, thanks Jaime!

I thought this one very interesting:

Charitable Giving
Average charitable contribution per return as a percentage of adjusted gross income per return, 2000.
Rationale: A measure of civic capacity that illustrates [voluntary] community involvement.


(Rank of candidate states among 50 states, state)
2  Wyoming
5  Idaho
20 Delaware
30 Montana
41 South Dakota
43 Maine
43 Vermont
47 Alaska
48 New Hampshire
48 North Dakota

http://drc.cfed.org/measures/char_give.html
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Re:Teacher pay adjusted for cost of living
« Reply #222 on: September 17, 2003, 01:15:56 am »

Pay of teachers after adjusted for cost of living in the canidate states.  . . .
Rank/ State/ Pay adjust for cost of living
1. SD 49
2. ND 48
3. MT 47
4. WY 46
5. NH 41
6. ME 38
7. VT 34
8. AK 31
9. ID 28
10. DE 6

Source
http://drc.cfed.org/measures/avg_teach_sal.html

I compared all of this with another factor and gained a broader understanding of it all:

Expenditures per child, 2001 (adjusted for regional cost differences)
North Dakota    $ 8,983 
Wyoming           8,657
Vermont           8,622
Delaware          8,552
Maine             7,802
South Dakota      7,157
Alaska            7,129
Montana           7,032
New Hampshire     6,967
Idaho             5,853

Source: http://www.idahostatesman.com/Common/PrintMe.asp?ID=30309

For comparison, it looks to me that, there are several factors that give insight into the education funding priority measures.  For example, North Dakota has the lowest pay, yet the highest cost per pupil, which coincides with the fact that so many schools in North Dakota are losing students to out-migration and many rural districts are at a loss to justify keeping some schools open and staffed, resulting in high overhead costs and small classrooms.  On the other hand, you would expect that Idaho schools run more cost-effective, on a per student basis, which is the fact, due partly to over-crowded schools currently in Idaho.

On the other side of this issue, it would seem that Delaware has a strong education priority for funding of public schools, based on the fact that teachers are paid the at the highest level while still having high costs per child  
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How's The Weather Today In Our Chosen State?
« Reply #223 on: September 25, 2003, 12:53:02 pm »

How's the weather today in our chosen state?

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003

Anchorage, AK
Today: Rain showers ending this morning with mostly cloudy conditions during the afternoon hours. High around 50F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Tonight: Cloudy intervals. Low near 40F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy skies. High 51F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Boise, ID
Today: Plentiful sunshine. High 83F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight: Generally clear. Low near 55F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tomorrow: Mainly sunny. High 83F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Wilmington, DE
Today: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. High 78F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Tonight: Isolated thunderstorms early, mainly cloudy overnight with a few showers. Low 58F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.
Tomorrow: Morning showers, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 74F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Portland, ME
Today: Sunshine along with a few clouds. High 71F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight: Cloudy with a few showers. Low near 55F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Tomorrow: A few showers early with ample sunshine later in the day. High 66F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.


Billings, MT
Today: Partly cloudy and windy. High 78F. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph.
Tonight: Clear skies with gusty winds. Low 54F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph.
Tomorrow: Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High 71F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph.


Bismarck, ND
Today: Cloudy. Turning warmer. High 68F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight: Some clouds. Low 46F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tomorrow: Scattered showers in the morning, then partly cloudy and windy late. High 62F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.


Manchester, NH
Today: Sunshine along with a few clouds. High 78F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight: Cloudy with a few showers. Low 54F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Tomorrow: Showers ending in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 68F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Sioux Falls, SD
Today: A mix of clouds and sun. High 66F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low near 50F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies. High 66F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Montpelier, VT
Today: Overcast with rain showers at times. High 72F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Tonight: Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 44F. Winds light and variable.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High near 65F. Winds light and variable.

Cheyenne, WY
Today: Windy with sunshine. Turning warmer. High 79F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 46F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tomorrow: Sunny skies with gusty winds developing later in the day. High 74F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph.

Source: Yahoo! Weather
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Re:More and other criteria to weigh states with
« Reply #224 on: September 26, 2003, 01:48:05 am »

Map of states, counties, and cities that have rejected the Patriot Act (at least in name).

Notice that two of the FSP states, AK and VT are 2 of the 3 states that have rejected the Patriot Act.



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