Delwin's Index

RECEIVED Mon., Jan. 9, 2012

Dear Editor,
    Texas' standings against all 50 states on a variety of issues (1st means highest ranking, 50th means lowest ranking):
    • State aid per pupil in average daily attendance – 47th
   • SAT scores – 45th
   • Percentage of population 25 and older with high school diploma – 50th
   • High school graduation rate – 43rd
   • Per capita state spending on state arts agencies – 43rd
   • Birth rate – 2nd
   • Percentage of uninsured children – 1st
   • Percentage of children living in poverty – 4th
   • Percentage of population uninsured – 1st
   • Percentage of nonelderly uninsured – 1st
   • Percentage of low income population covered by Medicaid – 49th
   • Percentage of population with employer-based health insurance – 48th
   • Total health expenditures as percentage of the gross state product – 43rd
   • Per capita state spending on mental health – 50th
   • Per capita state spending on Medicaid – 49th
   • Health care expenditures per capita – 44th
   • Physicians per capita – 42nd
   • Registered nurses per capita – 44th
   • Average monthly WIC benefits per person – 47th
   • Percentage of population who visit the dentist – 46th
   • Overall birth rate – 2nd
   • Teenage birth rate – 7th
   • Births to unmarried mothers – 17th
   • Percentage of women with preterm birth – 9th
   • Percentage of nonelderly women with health insurance – 50th
   • Rate of women 40 or older who receive mammograms – 40th
   • Cervical cancer rate – 11th
   • Percentage of women with high blood pressure – 16th
   • Percentage of pregnant women receiving prenatal care in first trimester – 50th
   • Women’s voter registration – 45th
   • Women’s voter turnout – 49th
   • Percentage of women living in poverty – 6th
   • Mortgage debt as percent of home value – 47th
   • Foreclosure rates – 10th
   • Median net worth of households – 47th
   • Average credit score – 49th
   • Retirement plan participation – 47th
   • Amount of carbon-dioxide emissions – 1st
   • Amount of volatile organic compounds released into air – 1st
   • Amount of toxic chemicals released into water – 1st
   • Amount of recognized cancer-causing carcinogens released into air – 1st
   • Amount of hazardous waste generated – 1st
   • Amount of toxic chemicals released into air – 5th
   • Amount of recognized cancer-causing carcinogens released into water – 7th
   • Number of hazardous waste sites on national priority list – 7th
   • Consumption of energy per capita – 5th
   • Workers' compensation coverage – 50th
   • Income inequality between the rich and the poor – 9th
   • Income inequality between the rich and the middle class – 5th
   • Homeowners' insurance affordability – 46th
   • Number of executions – 1st
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president on this record?
Delwin Goss
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