"The new Best Statesrankings and platform are a comprehensive effort to provide citizens with a full picture of what's working and what needs to be improved in their states", said U.S. News and World Report editor Brian Kelly in a statement.
The state was seventh in opportunity, but ranked low in the subcategory of equality, which measured gaps in employment rates and incomes by race. Here are the top five states for each of the sub-elements for healthcare (access, quality and public health).
Governor Baker joined U.S. News & World Report editor and chief content officer Brian Kelly on "CBS This Morning" to discuss MA top ranking. "Everyone should be proud that MA continues to lead the nation in health care access and public education for all citizens, and our administration will continue to build on these accomplishments to bring more economic success to every corner of MA", said Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker in a statement.
Southern states generally performed worst in the rankings. "We're sort of rediscovering federalism. It has too much influence over people's lives". Hawaii ranked first in health care; OR ranked first in infrastructure; Colorado ranked first for economy; and in placed first for government. McKinsey & Company's Leading States Index provided the data.
In addition, McKinsey surveyed thousands of people across the country to ascertain what matters most to citizens about the performances of their state governments and how well they believe they're being served. "But we still have more work to do to ensure that Minnesota is a state that works for everyone".
"We think it's incredibly important in thinking about state performance, state policy making, agenda setting, to start by grounding yourself in the view of citizens", Dua says, speaking to the value of the ultimate comparisons that are made state by state.