Missouri in top 10 for economic competitiveness

The Show-Me State placed in the top 10 among the nation’s 50 states, moving six places from 15 to a ranking of nine, in the newest economic competitiveness index released by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The association of nearly 2,000 state legislators from across the country, which promotes free markets through model state legislation, released its annual survey “Rich States, Poor States” on Wednesday.

The goal of the study is to explain how states can drive economic growth, create jobs, and improve the standard of living for residents.

Using 15 state policy variables, Missouri ranked 25 in 2009, moving to 23 in 2009, followed by a ranking of 15 in 2010 and nine this year.

[Missouri Watchdog]