West Virginia did not fare well in the most recent U.S. News and World Report’s economic and development rankings. The comprehensive rankings of 50 states included 71 metrics in eight categories.
How did we do? Among other data, West Virginia ranked 50th (dead last) in infrastructure, 48th in economy, 47th in health care and 45th in education. In an economic development metric, West Virginia was the only state to experience declining population, according to the 2020 national census.
In the current national political climate, opinion and legislation appear to be created and supported along strictly political lines. This comparatively recent phenomenon reflects the national mood, but it contributes nothing to fashion meaningful, intelligent discourse for the greater societal good.
The current political impasse in Washington and our country cannot be healthy in the long term for economic growth, prosperity and the fulfillment of the dreams of our young people. Political party affiliation is a main driver of this metric.