Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Rhode Island
- 1 Background about the study
- 2 Part 1: Partisanship analysis
- 3 Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)
- 4 Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI Overlay
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 Footnotes
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 Rhode Island 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
Rhode Island Governor
From 1992 to 2013, Rhode Island had Democratic governors in office for three years while there were Republican governors in office for 16 years.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992 to 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.
Rhode Island Senate
During every year from 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Rhode Island State Senate. The Rhode Island State Senate is one of 16 state senates that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.
Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.
Rhode Island House of Representatives
During every year from 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Rhode Island State House of Representatives. The Rhode Island House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that was 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 two partisan control changes in Rhode Island during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting Rhode Island less than the average.
Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)
Rhode Island’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 32.1, which puts it at 35 in the overall SQLI ranking.
- The year that Rhode Island had the highest ranking was 2002, in which it ranked 26th.
- The year that Rhode Island had the lowest ranking was 2009 and 2011, in which it ranked 41st.
- The index type that Rhode Island had the highest ranking in was Government Employment Share of the Population, in which it ranked 3rd.
- The index type that Rhode Island had the lowest ranking in was Forbes Best States, in which it ranked 50th.
|Rhode Island 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||34||43||49|
|America's Health Rankings||17||21||20||19||23||15||18||15||18||14||17||13||14||11||13||13||10||10||10||13||10|
|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||29||34||34||33||39||39||35||39|
|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||48||48||48||49||50||50|
|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||43||45||45||50||49||48||49|
|Govt. Employment Share Population||2||2||2||2||2||3||2||3||3||3||3||3||3||4||4||3||2||1||2||3||4|
|Personal Income Per Capita||18||18||19||18||18||17||17||18||17||16||15||16||17||17||17||15||15||15||15||15||14|
|Real GDP per capita||21||22||31||30||33||29||30||31||28||23||22||19||19||19||20||22||24||25||24||24||N/A|
|S&P Credit Rating||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||38||36||36||36||17||20||21||24||26||26||28||29|
|State Govt. Spending/GDP||49||48||46||47||46||41||40||40||36||38||38||37||37||41||40||39||39||34||38||39||N/A|
|State & local tax burden||46||46||46||46||46||47||45||46||47||47||47||48||48||46||45||44||44||45||45||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||26|
|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||38||46||38||N/A|
Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI Overlay
The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Rhode Island 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. Rhode Island had a Democratic trifecta in the early years of the study, from 1992-1994, but after that maintained a divided government. The state's best SQLI ranking, finishing 26th, occurred in 2002. In more recent years of the study, Rhode Island's ranking fell, finishing in the bottom-10 at 41st in both 2009 and 2011.
- Ballotpedia:Who runs the states
- Governor of Rhode Island
- Rhode Island State Senate
- Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | General Treasurer | Auditor General | Commissioner of Education | Superintendent of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Director of Environmental Management | Director of Labor | Chair of Public Utilities |