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This whole study is misleading because it is based on income and it does NOT take into account the cost of living in each state. To compare Hawaii's cost of living with Mississippi's is an exercise in extreme stupidity. This whole article is a farce and con job by the liberal media.
If you adjust income to the cost of living in red states, they will dominate the "richest" states category.
Restaurant servers make very little an hour. A guy that works for a manufacturing plant screwing on caps makes a lot more. Why??
Maryland is only wealthy because the government is here and it collects all of your tax money to support all of the CEO's (ie, senators, contractors, agency heads etc.) and employees who live here, just like a corporation. Thank you America (especially poor states) for our high standard of living here in MD.
MD is the worst state taxing the citizens into bankruptcy...they tax when you flush, when it runs off due to rain and now when it rains...
Also has the highest closing costs for home buyers...
The state of MD takes in tolls but never improves the roads.
They have a bottle tax a sin tax(?).
Worst of all they have speed and traffic light cameras that bring in millions because of that scam...
the list goes on...
Please note that the worst poverty is in Southern red states. These are the states that have instituted "right to work" laws, which basically means right to starve. Minimum wage does not sustain life. And don't tell these people to change jobs. In most of the South, minimum wage is the norm for most businesses. You can quit your minimum wage job, but you will only end up in another minimum wage job. Those minimum wage jobs are the only game in town unless you happen to be a retiree from New York or Connecticut or New Jersey.
When you make minimum wage you do not have the option of moving someplace else for a better job at a better rate of pay. How can you move? You have no money. If you relocate you will not be able to rent anyplace because you can't save enough money for first and last plus deposit while earning less than $8 per hour.
Essentially, if you live in Mississippi you are a slave, regardless of your color, because you can't afford to leave and you are doomed to be stuck in your minimum wage job and your minimum income life until you die.
As for Texas, they are only creating more minimum wage jobs and in the process of waiving all those pesky regulations they make sure that you not only will never earn more than minimum wage, they also insure that your water and air and soil will be contaminated and your workplace will probably be hazardous and you may well get cancer from all the chemicals and pollutants your employers store in unsafe conditions.
Welcome to the corporate dream fantasy, where the rich get richer and richer and grind the poor into the dirt.
If the rich people in the US actually included senate, congress, and unions pooled their money together, I bet the deficit could be reduced significantly. But no. dump it on poor people. The poor people have more common sense then they do.
Once again we have an article that measures a persons value by their income not how happy they are. I have read remarks stating these are all Republicans states that are the poorest. Too bad it didn't bring out the stats of all those richest states what is the debt to income ratio of each household based upon credit usage, mortgage payments, food cost, gas prices etc. I proudly live in Kentucky, and I'm proud to say I'm almost debt free live in a nice home, ride a harley (new), paid for, I don't say me and Sally, rather Sally and I, nor do I give out numbers 2, 4, 3, o, instead 2,4,3, zero. Then I read about slaves in these states, always some dumb butt to bring race into a conversation not to mention racial comments. The fact is the north had slaves just as the south did. Don't forget the civil war was based on tariff acts as well as slavery. Bottom line, for those that have negative comments about the south I suggest you stay home when its time to take a vacation and don't visit all the national sites the south has to offer.
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