Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Louisiana

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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 Louisiana 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

Louisiana Governor

From 1992 to 2013, there were Democratic governors in office for eight years while there were Republican governors in office for 14 years, including the last six. Louisiana 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.

Louisiana Senate

From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Louisiana State Senate for 19 years while the Republicans were the majority for three years. The Louisiana 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.

Louisiana House of Representatives

From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Louisiana State House of Representatives for the first 19 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last three years. The Louisiana State House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992 and 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 Louisiana, the Louisiana State Senate and the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992-2013.

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

Partisan control changes

There were four partisan control changes in Louisiana during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was also four.

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Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)

Louisiana’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 45.19, which puts it at 46 in the overall SQLI ranking.[1]

  • The year that Louisiana had the highest ranking was 2012, in which it ranked 36th.
  • The years that Louisiana had the lowest ranking were 1993 and 1994, in which it ranked 48th.
  • The index type that Louisiana had the highest ranking in was Tax Freedom Day, in which it ranked 2nd.
  • The index types that Louisiana had the lowest ranking in were America’s Health Rankings and S&P Credit Rating, in which it ranked 49th.
Louisiana 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 46 42 41
America's Health Rankings 50 50 50 50 49 50 50 50 49 50 49 49 49 48 49 48 49 47 49 50 49
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 13 17 20 29 21 22 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 38 46 47 45 43 40 27 13
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 47 43 44 44 42 42
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 50 49 49 44 44 25 34
Govt. Employment Share Population 28 30 32 37 38 40 39 39 38 35 36 39 39 35 34 33 33 33 32 32 27
Graduation Rate 50 50 50 50 49 48 45 48 48 47 45 43 43 43 44 39 46 49 47 48 46
Personal Income Per Capita 45 44 41 41 42 40 44 45 45 45 43 44 44 42 36 30 29 28 28 28 29
Poverty Rate 49 50 50 46 47 41 49 49 49 46 47 46 47 49 48 48 49 34 49 49 N/A
Real GDP per capita 31 30 25 21 26 16 15 18 23 22 23 20 18 17 17 21 25 20 16 17 N/A
S&P Credit Rating N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 47 47 48 48 48 50 50 49 45 45 28 29
State Govt. Spending/GDP 35 38 34 34 24 31 32 32 32 22 24 22 23 16 22 34 39 39 28 24 N/A
State & local tax burden 6 5 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 8 9 8 8 8 8 4 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 2
Unemployment Rate 40 42 47 46 44 43 41 37 44 43 37 37 33 46 17 16 13 8 14 15 15
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 31 33 31 N/A
Voter Turnout 29 50 50 16 16 45 45 24 24 33 33 29 29 49 49 33 33 38 38 22 22
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 42 41 42 36 43

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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.