1. California Debt per capita
: $4,008 (18th highest) Budget deficit
: 20.7% (17th largest) Unemployment
: 11.7% (2nd highest) Median household income
: $57,287 (10th highest) Pct. below poverty line
: 16.6% (18th highest)
California is 24/7 Wall St.’s “Worst- Run State” for the second year in a row. Due to high levels of debt, the state’s S&P credit rating is the worst of all states, while its Moody’s credit rating is the second-worst. Much of California’s fiscal woes involve the economic downturn. Home prices plunged by 33.6% between 2006 and 2011, worse than all states except for three. The state’s foreclosure rate and unemployment rate were the third- and second-highest in the country, respectively. But efforts to get finances on track are moving forward. State voters passed a ballot initiative to raise sales taxes as well as income taxes for people who make at least $250,000 a year. While median income is the 10th-highest in the country, the state also has one of the highest tax burdens on income. According to the Tax Foundation, the state also has the third-worst business tax climate in the country.
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