Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Nevada
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
- Ballotpedia:Who runs the states
- Governor of Nevada
- Nevada State Senate
- Nevada House of Representatives
- 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.
State of Nevada
Carson City (capital)
|State executive officers||
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