Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Wyoming

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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 Wyoming 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

Wyoming Governor

From 1992 to 2013, Wyoming had Democratic governors in office for 6 years while there were Republican governors in office for 16 years, including the last 11. Wyoming was under Republican trifectas for the last three years of the study period.

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.

Wyoming Senate

From 1992 to 2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the Wyoming State Senate. The Wyoming State Senate is one of 13 state senates that was Republican for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. Wyoming was under Republican trifectas for the final three years of the study period.

Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates 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.

Wyoming House of Representatives

From 1992 to 2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the Wyoming House of Representatives. The Wyoming House of Representatives is one of nine state Houses that was Republican 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 Wyoming, the Wyoming State Senate and the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Wyoming state government(1992-2013).PNG

Partisan control changes

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

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Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)

Wyoming’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 13.9, which puts it at 11 in the overall SQLI ranking.[1]

  • The year that Wyoming had the highest ranking was 2010, in which it ranked 4th.
  • The year that Wyoming had the lowest ranking was 2007, in which it ranked 24th.
  • The index type that Wyoming had the highest ranking in was 24/7 Wall Street’s Best and Worst Governed States, in which it ranked 1st.
  • The index type that Wyoming had the lowest ranking in was Government Employment Share of the Population, in which it ranked 50th.
Wyoming 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 1 1 2
America's Health Rankings 18 18 19 21 20 20 21 20 25 27 24 22 25 23 25 24 19 19 19 21 23
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 49 49 49 49 46 3 45 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 35 30 29 25 20 15 14 16
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 14 14 13 14 21 10
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 23 29 31 22 27 14 15
Govt. Employment Share Population 49 49 49 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
Graduation Rate 15 9 8 4 9 12 13 13 12 11 13 22 29 28 34 28 27 28 28 28 33
Personal Income Per Capita 25 25 29 30 32 30 27 23 19 15 16 15 13 7 6 6 5 7 6 6 7
Poverty Rate 7 27 10 26 25 30 21 25 29 14 9 14 14 17 16 24 13 3 3 9 N/A
Real GDP per capita 8 7 9 9 8 5 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 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 20 21 12 12 12 1 1
State Govt. Spending/GDP 41 40 42 41 39 42 43 42 42 36 40 40 42 42 32 33 29 37 35 31 N/A
State & local tax burden 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 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 44
Unemployment Rate 11 16 17 20 25 26 37 40 25 15 8 9 9 9 7 3 2 7 11 8 7
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 22 1 21 N/A
Voter Turnout 25 2 2 4 4 5 5 15 15 6 6 14 14 9 9 28 28 18 18 30 30
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 4 12 2 21 13

Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI Overlay

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Wyoming 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. Though Wyoming had a number of Republican trifectas during the course of the study, both its highest and lowest rankings occurred during divided governments. In 2007 it finished 24th, and in 2010 it finished 4th, marking a large shift in a short amount of time.

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

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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.