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CNBC has declared that Texas is the worst state in the United States to "live and work."
Last Friday, the news outlet published its annual list of "America's 10 worst states to live and work in for 2023." Unsurprisingly, the list features 10 red states — but, surprisingly, claims the Lone Star State is the worst of them all.
So what exactly makes Texas so bad? Is it the freedom? No income tax? Lots of space to build? Nope. According to CNBC, Texas is the worst U.S. state to live and work in because of its laws protecting unborn life, laws "targeting" LGBT people, and the state's overall issues with "inclusiveness."
With the nation’s highest percentage of people without health insurance and the second lowest number of primary care physicians per capita, all those new Texans are arriving to find a dismal health care system. Texas has the nation’s thirteenth-highest violent crime rate, and it ranks thirty seventh for licensed childcare facilities per capita.The Lone Star State keeps hacking away at inclusiveness, with laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population, voting rights, and the nation’s strictest abortion ban.
Ironically, CNBC admitted that "there are enormous economic opportunities in Texas." But apparently, that doesn't matter.
"Yes, there are enormous economic opportunities in Texas, and it is attracting people from far and wide," CNBC said. "But this state also has some Texas-sized issues when it comes to life, health and inclusion."
The other states on CNBC's list, from second to tenth worst, are: Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida. "Inclusiveness" and "reproductive rights" are among the chief problems with each of those states, CNBC claimed.
The list is especially ridiculous when you consider that data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Texas experienced a net population growth of 230,000 people in 2022, second only to Florida's nearly 319,000 net growth.
Those figures prove average Americans prefer the "enormous economic activity" to whatever CNBC says is desirable for residency and business.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News