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CNBC: Texas is Worst State to Live In, Despite Economic Growth

dszc. 2023 [photograph].

CNBC on Friday published a list of the 10 worst states to live and work in for 2023, listing such states as Florida, Indiana, and Tennessee, with economic giant Texas placing last for “Reproductive Rights, Health, Voting Rights, Worker Protections, [and] Inclusiveness.”

The media company publishes a list highlighting the best and worst states to build a life in each year, most notably pushing blue states to the forefront with Vermont as the overall 2023 winner.

CNBC lists “culture wars” as a reason for the exclusion of states from the favored list, and gives a higher point value to “Life, Health and Inclusion” than “Cost of Doing Business,” “Cost of Living,” “Technology and Innovation,” and “Education.” All of these factors take a back seat to whether the state in question has passed legislation regulating abortion access.

This year, Texas found itself at the very bottom of the list, with the major complaints centering around a lack of healthcare, high crime rates, and waning inclusiveness as Texan legislators push back against abortion on demand and LGBTQ+ entertainment.

“How could 200,000 college educated workers moving to Texas each year possibly be wrong?” CNBC asks. “The Lone Star State keeps hacking away at inclusiveness, with laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population, voting rights, and the nation’s strictest abortion ban.”

CNBC is referencing the federal reversal of Roe v. Wade that turned abortion regulation over to states, which catapulted a number of state legislatures to pass anti-abortion laws. The media source also points to the passing of Senate Bill 12 in the Texas legislature that restricts sexual entertainment from being performed in the presence of minors.

CNBC includes no sources or reasoning for listing “voting rights” as a concern for Texas quality of life.

Healthcare access is one of CNBC’s primary concerns with the state, as Texas is noted as having “the nation’s highest percentage of people without health insurance and the second lowest number of primary care physicians per capita.” Meanwhile, the Texas Attorney General’s office revealed in 2021 that “Texans pay between $579 million and $717 million each year for public hospital districts to provide uncompensated care for illegal aliens.” In December, illegal border crossings numbered up to 1,200 a day and in March were up to 5,200 a day – potentially rising to 13,000. A state providing healthcare to vast amounts of immigrants at once would indeed likely see consequences in physician availability and insurance coverage.

CNBC also critiqued Texas’ high crime rate, the “thirteenth-highest,” even though with the vast influx of newcomers to the state, it is surprising that D.C., Michigan, and Nevada (among others) still have higher crime rates per capita than Texas despite being non-border states.

The list of worst states nationwide included Florida and Tennessee for similar cultural complaints. Vermont, Maine and New Jersey were considered most inclusive by CNBC, with other states such as Washington and Hawaii designated as desirable places to set down roots.

Washington has found itself under scrutiny for its recent population losses, emphasized by a 2020 U-Haul report that noted an unusual amount of moves out of state. Washington Policy Center writes that “The latest annual report from U-Haul on some two million, one-way household moves in 2020 shows Washington dropping precipitously from the coveted number five spot as most desired place to live all the way down to number 36.  That position of unpopularity is not as bad as California’s, at number 50, but it is a long way from top-ranked Tennessee, Texas and Florida as the most-sought destinations for one-way U-Haul movers.”

CNBC asked North Carolina governor Roy Cooper (D) for his feedback regarding the mass migrations to states like Texas and Florida. “You still see people going to Florida and Texas, but you begin to see deterioration over time. Site selectors will tell you these issues matter when it comes time for businesses to make tough decisions.” CNBC noted that Cooper was “worried” about the economic growth of “southern states.”

In a Thursday article, CNBC listed Florida and Texas as the states with the top economies and job growths in the nation. Florida and Texas also claim the rank of top two states Americans are moving to, leaving doubt as to the effects of CNBC’s list on the public opinion.

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22 juil. 2023


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