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Who Runs the States

Main Report Pages
Main PagePart 1Partisanship InfographicPart 2Part 3

Partisanship Results Report (Part 1)
Executive SummaryState Partisanship AnalysisPartisan Control of GovernorshipsPartisan Control of State LegislaturesPartisan Control of State SenatesPartisan Control of State HousesState Government TrifectasOverall Partisan Control: Bright, Medium and Soft StatesChanges of Partisan Domination over 22 yearsYear-to-Year Changes in State Partisan ControlTrifectas and Presidential Election PatternsConclusionMethodologyAppendix AAppendix B

State Quality of Life Index (SQLI) Report (Part 2)
Executive SummaryState Quality of Life Index (SQLI)About the IndexOverall RankingsDramatic Changes from 1st Half to 2nd HalfIndividual IndicatorsMethodologyAppendices

Partisanship and (SQLI) Overlay Report (Part 3)
IntroductionComparing Partisanship and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI) RankingsDescription of the dataTrends and correlationsMethodologyKey Values for Fifty-State RegressionsAppendices
Praise or blame is extended to political parties for the economic, educational, health and other quality of life outcomes that result from the policies those parties enact into law. To better understand which political party enjoys power in each of the states, Ballotpedia has analyzed state government control from 1992-2013 using the concept of a "partisan trifecta." A partisan trifecta is defined as when a state's governorship and legislative chambers are controlled by the same political party.

The two major political parties claim that their policies will lead to better outcomes. What does the data show?

At Ballotpedia, we explored these issues in a three-part study, Who Runs the States.

This page takes a specific look at how Nevada performed in the study.

Background about the study

See also: Ballotpedia: Who Runs the States

Part One examines the partisanship of state government from 1992-2013. Part Two establishes a State Quality of Life Index (SQLI), aggregating a variety of existing state indices into one measurement. Part Three will overlay the two reports, looking for trends and correlations.

Part 1: Partisanship analysis

Nevada Governor

From 1992 to 2013, there were Democratic governors in office for the first seven years while there were Republican governors in office for the last 15 years.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

Nevada Senate

From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Nevada State Senate for the last six years while the Republicans were the majority for the first 16 years.

Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.

Nevada House of Representatives

From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Nevada State House of Representatives for the last 20 years while the Republicans were never the majority. The Nevada State House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that were Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican state houses of representatives from 1992 to 2013.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Nevada, the Nevada State Senate and the Nevada House of Representatives from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of Nevada state government(1992-2013).PNG

Partisan control changes

There were three partisan control changes in Nevada during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting Nevada slightly less than the average.

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Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)

Nevada’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 16.62, which puts it at 15 in the overall SQLI ranking.[1]

  • The year that Nevada had the highest ranking was 2005, in which it ranked 4th.
  • The year that Nevada had the lowest ranking was 2012, in which it ranked 46th.
  • The index type that Nevada had the highest ranking in was Government Employment Share of the Population, in which it ranked 2nd.
  • The index type that Nevada had the lowest ranking in was 24/7 Wall Street’s Best and Worst Governed States, in which it ranked 46th.
Nevada SQLI 1992-2012
Index 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
24/7 Wall St Best/Worst Governed States N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 41 46 45
America's Health Rankings 44 42 43 45 42 44 42 42 43 42 40 40 39 40 40 41 42 45 47 39 38
CAFR Debt/GDP N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10 10 10 9 4 7 5 N/A
Chief Executive Magazine Best and Worst States for Business Survey N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 2 2 2 6 5 10 12
CNBC Top States for Business N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 43 45 47 47 45 45
Forbes Best States for Business N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 26 22 19 31 28 36 31
Govt. Employment Share Population 5 3 3 3 3 2 4 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 2 1 1 1
Graduation Rate 19 20 36 38 37 38 36 34 32 28 30 32 35 36 37 41 50 50 50 50 50
Personal Income Per Capita 11 10 9 9 8 10 12 12 14 17 18 17 15 12 16 17 24 30 33 34 37
Poverty Rate 29 6 20 20 4 19 21 24 15 3 8 24 19 17 13 15 18 23 38 34 N/A
Real GDP per capita 9 8 8 8 7 6 7 9 10 14 15 14 13 9 10 9 15 22 25 25 N/A
S&P Credit Rating N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 22 21 20 18 17 10 10 12 12 12 28 29
State Govt. Spending/GDP 14 12 9 6 4 4 4 5 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 3 N/A
State & local tax burden 3 4 3 5 5 4 3 3 3 5 5 5 6 3 5 4 5 6 9 N/A N/A
Tax Freedom Day N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 35
Unemployment Rate 25 32 33 35 25 22 26 28 38 42 30 16 12 18 22 33 47 49 50 50 50
Unfunded Pension Liabilities per capita N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20 16 14 N/A
Voter Turnout 41 42 42 50 50 39 39 49 49 41 41 43 43 39 39 42 42 32 32 35 35
Well-Being Index N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 43 46 43 40 39

Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI overlay

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Nevada state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the study, Nevada had one Democratic trifecta during 1992. The state's SQLI rankings were high for the majority of the study, finishing in the top-10 from 1996-1997 and from 2005-2006. However, Nevada's SQLI ranking declined from then on, finishing 46th in 2012. Both its highest and lowest rankings occurred when the government was divided between Democratic and Republican control.

Chart displaying the partisanship of the Nevada government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

See also

Additional information

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Footnotes

  1. Note: The average rank is compiled by adding up all years of rankings and then dividing by 21 to obtain the average state ranking. This average figure is ranked relative to the rest of the 49 states to derive an overall SQLI ranking.