Stateline Story

Findings Identify Best and Worst States

Here is a shortlist of state governments with the strongest performance -- and the weakest -- in managing information, money, people, and roads and buildings, as ranked by the Government Performance Project.

INFORMATION

States were evaluated on how well they provide information electronically, and whether they actively focus on strategic direction, gather enough information for decision-making, and use data comparing cost and performance when spending a state's technology dollars.

Strongest
Louisiana A-minus
Missouri A-minus
Utah A-minus
Virginia A-minus
Washington A-minus

Weakest
Hawaii D
South Dakota D
Connecticut C-minus
New Hampshire C-minus

INFRASTRUCTURE

Capital planning, project monitoring, maintenance, internal coordination and intergovernmental coordination were the benchmarks for states' grades.

Strongest
Utah A
Maryland A-minus
Ohio A-minus
Virginia A-minus

Weakest
Alabama D
New Mexico D-plus
Hawaii C-minus
Massachusetts C-minus
Oklahoma C-minus

MONEY

Researchers asked whether states had a long-term outlook, transparent budget process, structural balance between revenues and expenditures, effective management of procurement and sound financial audit practices.

Strongest
Delaware A
Utah A
Virginia A
Minnesota A-minus
Washington A-minus

Weakest
California D
Oregon D
Colorado C-

PEOPLE

The study graded states on the quality of strategic workforce planning, hiring practices, training programs and actions to retain skilled employees.

Strongest
Georgia A
South Carolina A-minus
Virginia A-minus

Weakeast
Rhode Island D-plus
Wyoming D-plus
California C-minus
Tennessee C-minus