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==Background about the study==
 
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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 Nebraska 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

Nebraska Governor

From 1992 to 2013, Nebraska had 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.

Nebraska Senate

With a non-partisan legislature, Nebraska’s Senate was controlled neither by the Democrats nor the Republicans during this 22-year study period.

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

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Nebraska, the Nebraska Legislature from 1992 to 2013.

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

Partisan control changes

There was one partisan control change in Nebraska during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting Nebraska less than the average.

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Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)

Nebraska’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 7.19, which puts it at 4 in the overall SQLI ranking.[1]

  • The years that Nebraska had the highest ranking were 2011 and 2012, in which it ranked 2nd.
  • The years that Nebraska had the lowest ranking were 1999 and 2002, in which it ranked 14th.
  • The index type that Nebraska had the highest ranking in was CAFR Debt/GDP, in which it ranked 1st.
  • The index type that Nebraska had the lowest ranking in was Government Employment Share of the Population, in which it ranked 44th.
Nebraska 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 12 2 3
America's Health Rankings 5 9 10 11 15 14 15 17 15 13 15 15 12 13 10 12 9 16 12 18 15
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 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 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 27 19 22 28 28 22 20 27
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 20 22 11 13 10 6
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 7 17 10 9 9 8 6
Govt. Employment Share Population 43 43 44 44 44 44 42 43 42 42 42 43 42 43 42 43 43 44 44 45 43
Graduation Rate 7 3 4 4 6 7 6 4 3 1 4 6 3 5 5 1 1 2 5 7 10
Personal Income Per Capita 24 29 26 25 21 25 25 24 25 21 23 19 21 21 24 21 21 21 21 19 20
Poverty Rate 11 11 6 9 13 16 29 23 13 17 22 14 10 10 18 17 16 8 6 6 N/A
Real GDP per capita 17 19 17 18 18 20 22 24 21 21 24 18 21 21 21 19 21 19 19 19 N/A
S&P Credit Rating N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 13 1
State Govt. Spending/GDP 8 8 7 8 8 10 9 12 13 13 14 10 8 7 8 5 5 7 4 2 N/A
State & local tax burden 31 32 32 31 29 32 28 24 29 35 35 41 38 36 33 33 28 30 30 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 17
Unemployment Rate 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 8 2 3 4 7 12 4 5 4 2 2 2 2
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 4 4 3 N/A
Voter Turnout 14 12 12 18 18 13 13 21 21 30 30 24 24 15 15 27 27 42 42 24 24
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 20 24 10 8 6

Part 3: Partisanship and SQLI overlay

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Nebraska 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. Because Nebraska has a non-partisan legislature, the state did not have any government trifectas during the years studied. From 1992-1998 it had a Democratic governor and from 1999-2013 it had a Republican governor. Nebraska finished high in SQLI rankings, finishing in the top-10 during both Democratic and Republican governorships. It dipped out of the top-10 from 1999-2004, but returned in 2005. Its highest ranking, finishing 2nd, occurred from 2011-2012.

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

See also

External links

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.