For John, BLUF: I did send our State Senator (Eileen Donoghue) the Link, but have not heard back from her. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is from the George Mason University♠ Mercatus Center and Researchers Eileen Norcross, Director for the State and Local Policy Project, and Olivia Gonzalez, Research Associate, SLPP. The date of their Research Paper is 11 July 2017.
The bottom five are:
50. New Jersey
Even making Puerto Rico a State♣ wouldn't boost us out of the bottom five.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Where our youngest son graduated from college.
♥ Where our Other Senator lives.
♦ Where our daughter lives.
♣ But, for sure they would be Number 51, at the bottom of the list if they were a state. My preference is we cut them loose—make them independent over five years—and then allow them to become a state if they have a referendum where at least 70% of the people vote and 75% of those voters vote to join the US as a State.