Overall, do you think your state government is doing a good job?
Christie is a horrible governor!
The state is crumbling under him
He has not kept his campaign promises
In New Jersey absolutely. Key word is overall.
Illinois hasn't had a budget for 10 months. Fuck no I am not satisfied with my state government
I think my state is doing alright but it seems like everyone is pissed off about my states government.
Most liberal state in the country... Massachusetts, fuck me
No. Our governor is not concerned about the average person. He only wants to grow the large farms and hog lots and not worry about pollution. The lower house supports his wishes and it is only the slight majority in the upper chamber that holds him in check.
Yes. It is what we make it. Don't criticize it but be a force in changing it.
Dan Malloy has really f'd up Connecticut. All of our gun and civil defense companies are leaving for Massachusetts and Virginia
Minnesota is doing fine.
We're sort of like the Federal government in recent years, we keep electing incompetence.
Bevin is trying to ruin KY. Electing him was the worst thing that could happen
I live in New York, so it's an easy NO.
Flint is in my state. Nuff' said.
I'm in Texas now after fleeing California. Hell yes this state government is doing a good job compared to those commies back in the People's Republic of California.
I want to do that but I have so many relatives here.
Yes, that's why some of the biggest tech corporations are located in California. Luckily, our corporations don't hire fake scientists to deny climate change and, instead, actually accept it.
You should see how expensive housing is in Silicon Valley. California is becoming VERY rich and VERRRRRY POOR. But as long as it makes your heart feel good that you are pushing out the middle class.
Louisiana had a solid ruby red state government for the last eight years. As a result we are now have a $1 billion budget deficit. We finally have a democrat in the governor's office who believes in economics and not conservative talking points. He will spend the next four years cleaning up the mess Bobby J left us but will probably be defeated in the next election by some conservative yahoo. God Bless Louisiana.
I'm from Mississippi. I don't think any further explanation is needed.
I'm in Illinois. The government here has done a terrible job over the last 20 years. Too much given away to unions for pensions. In Illinois, school teachers announce their retirements four years in advance and then get 6% raises each year to boost their pension. It used to be much higher but now if a school district offers more than 6% annual raises, the school district and not the state has to pay the excess. Of course, they have figured out how to get the state to pay is anyway.
Oh, also, pensions are tax free in Illinois. Sone school principals retire with pensions exceeding $200,000 a year.
Yeah cause teachers make a lot of money here in Illinois....it's the political cronies that get those 'schools administrative' gigs. Not teachers.
Yep, that is why we moved to Az 2 years ago from II. Not a day goes by that I am not thrilled to be gone from IL!
I can't wait to get out.
New Jersey. Enough said.
Lol I have governor Bentley who was caught cheating on his wife with and aid and was exposed on Ashley Madison 😂😭
Nope. Gaysich took so much local funding away in the name of balancing the state budget (and making himself look good) that we had to pass a big levy just to keep our schools funded. It's all a big shell game.
New Jersey is such a fucking shirt state
Taxes, corruption, traffic. Nobody does it better!
Ole bobble head Bill? No. The corrupt Haslams have been terrible for Tennessee. State legislature is doing alright though.
42% of my fellow statesmen are delusional.
I live in North Carolina. My government is an embarrassment.
I'm sorry for all citizens of North Carolina. Literally no one wants to go there and entertainers are literally canceling concerts, shows, etc. on a daily basis.
I'm from Kansas. We have the worst governor ever so no state government isn't doing at all well.
I live in Illinois. That is all I have to say.
Illinois is my home state, but I left around 8 mo ago.
If anyone from IL answered yes to this either they don't know what's happening or their last name is Rauner 😕
Rauner is hardly the first or foremost to blame for IL being a dumpster fire.
Right, he walked into a mess, but he's not making anything better by refusing to pay bills, etc.
The roads here in MI absolutely blow all the cox n dix. Also I think everybody in Flint is dead now.
Just moved here in California and its the first time I seen multiple spots of "tent homes" for the homeless they made for themselves... in the suburbs.
They don't die in winter here.
Doesn't negate the fact I had to vote "no" in the poll. :/
So....what do you think the gov is supposed to do about it?
Clear them out. It's pretty simple.
The super-majority democrats here?
My state government is an embarrassment. Always so socially backwards!
Better than Kansas
Not when the state is fining its self for the state not doing the States job. Ya kinda messed up over in Washington.
Unfortunately Californians and New Yorkers have invaded our state like locusts and just rebuilt the crap they left in a once beautiful place. Then they vote in the spineless Hickenlooper. Watch out Texas, looks like you will be next.
True. It's not going to just be a handful of rural white people anymore. CA and NY are examples of what happens when populations, industries, and commerce grows. CO and TX will follow suit.
That is about one of the most asinine comments I've ever read.
Well don't be surprised when it happens. Sorry to break the news. The world is changing. You might want to look at what's happened as an example to see where it's going.
There is no conspiracy of NY'ers and Californians moving to CO to hurt your feelings.
Or....maybe your naive enough to think that it just happens....because.
It amazes me that Gov. Walker was elected in 3 times
We could use him here in California.
We'd almost give him a shot here in Michigan. Almost.
Legislature in Washington state is doing alright. Governor Inslee on the other hand...
A current study shows 30% of Floridians aren't paying close enough attention. ; D
I think you got it backwards
No, it has a great history of crime.
I love what Gov. Haley has done with this state. Lots of jobs created since she came to office. Not too happy with the General assembly wasting time on the bathroom law though. Single most useless law ever created.
If we could give Inslee the boot then our state would do just fine. His priorities are the opposite of what Washington needs.
We also need to use funds more properly. Ugh.
PA just passed medicinal marijuana so that's pretty cool I guess
I think North Carolina is doing alright.
Michigan is sooooo fucked up . . .
It's been that way for decades.
Nope. Our high tax state has caused entrepreneurs to leave, taking with them 1.3 billion dollars in lost revenue since 2012.
Yeah, how 'bout some tax relief from the surplus they've been gloating about. Really, it's our money, and kudos to them for not needing to use all of it.
Hmmm... These entrepreneurs are leaving, but we are seeing surpluses? Some may leave, but more are coming.
Businesses in my city are growing at large rates.
I appreciate what our governor has been doing to keep Minnesota strong.
Would do better if we were all libertarian.
Oklahoma has some serious budget problems this FY. Considering the low oil prices and struggling energy industry, which Oklahoma is so dependent on, yes, I think our state government is doing the best they can.
Fortunately we had about a billion dollar rainy day fund from previous surpluses, so that has helped alleviate the deficit some.
Really? I wonder if some of that billion dollars came from the billion dollar education cut they just passed. I'm very unsatisfied with our state government.
Every state agency got funding cuts. Across the board.
What else are we supposed to do when our revenues drop because the economy takes a downturn?
I don't know, maybe cut our state senator salaries (which are ranked top ten in the nation) instead of laying off every first year teacher from Tulsa Public Schools.
They make 38,000 a year. That's more than most states, but cutting even 100% of the state senators salaries is not near enough to help with the budget shortfalls.
State senators do not make the decision to lay off first year teachers. They manage the budget. It's up to the school districts to determine where to cut money from. Laying off first year teachers is apparently how TPS has decided to cut money.
Yes but I'm just saying it should be proportional. You have to admit something is wrong with a top ten senator salary in a struggling state. But how about increasing taxes a little bit? I know we have pride in our low living costs, but why not set up a plan that increases taxes for a short while to dig us out of debt? I'd gladly pay it because I see what this could do to our schools and our state's future. The oil prices aren't coming up soon. Because of Obama's horrible Iran deal, Iran is about to flood their stockpiled oil onto the world market, driving costs down more.
Because taxes further worsen the problem by stagnating the economy even further. I understand it's a difficult time in Oklahoma for education, but I have faith we can buckle down and weather the storm. There's only so much our legislators can do when our economy is struggling. As a state, we need to continue making ourselves an attractive option for new start-up companies, especially in the tech and engineering industries. Our economy needs to be more diverse to help us get through times like this. Energy is just such a volatile market.
Okay, fair point about the taxes. I actually don't know the answer to this question, but do you know if our state government is doing anything to diversify the economy here?
I understand people are frustrated with the state legislators, and trust me, I share many of those frustrations as well. The answer to your question is yes, the state is beginning to diversify, but it's a slow process. Since the GOP took over both state houses in the early 2000s, Oklahoma has become a much more business friendly state, and many new businesses are choosing to come here. Our economy has grown and the state budget has increased by several billion dollars. IMO, the way to continue diversification is to keep the taxes low, keep regulations to the minimum necessary to ensure a safe and fair workplace, and to just allow the market to work.
Pennsylvania is doing awful atm