POSTED: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 4:39pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 1:53pm
Online blog "24/7 Wall Street" says Texas has a way to go before it can be considered the "best run" state in the nation.
The survey ranks states according to data including debt, unemployment, and household income, among others.
Two areas that Texas placed dead last in - high school diploma's and the number of people with health care.
"There are a lot of working poor in Texas and they just cant afford their own health insurance or they work for groups that don't provide health insurance. And so they end up needing medical service and they end up getting in the system anyhow, and somebody else has to pay for those services," Mullins said.
Mullins says the survey probably points out some of the challenges Texas faces - but he says the good news is - Texas excels in job creation.
"Texas gains just a little over a thousand new residents every single day and they're moving here because a lot of them are finding jobs, but that also grows our workforce so our unemployment rate has stayed higher than we'd like, but there are more opportunities here for people than in other states - other parts of the country," Mullins said.
To some East Texans though, love for their state is greater than any survey rankings.
"I was born in Texas, raised in Texas. I've lived and worked in Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Florida, and Texas is the place where I chose to be," said Tyler resident Byron Meads.
According to the survey, Wyoming is the "best run" state and Kentucky is the "worst run" state.