Yes, but the number of mass shootings is a bit misleading if you don't take into consideration per capita.
If a state has twice as many people, you'd expect them to have twice as many shootings.
Per capita, Florida has more mass shootings.
From the article that you have used:
"Quality of Life is broken down into the “social environment” category, which includes community engagement, social support and voter participation. The second subcategory is “natural environment,” which includes drinking water quality, low industrial toxins, low pollution health risk and urban air quality."
So, no, QoL in that measurement isn't because of a poor opportunity score, because it wasn't part of the qol score.
From the usnews article that shows the rankings,
See under opportunity, California does poorly in affordability, and it does fairly well under everything else.
From the affordability article, this is what gets ranked:
"One-third of the weight in the opportunity ranking goes to measures of a state’s basic affordability – examining the costs of daily life and housing against the money households have available"
Californians actually make more than most states, the problem is that things like housing are incredibly expensive.
One reason why housing is so expensive is because the number of people looking for houses outpaces the number of houses. California literally doesn't build enough houses.
You're right that the money doesn't trickle down, but that's literally a problem pretty much everywhere.
In your article is not high in everything else, its only high in health care, natural enviorment and economy. then its middle of the road on education and crime and then piss poor on everything else.
And you do know why affordability is so low right? Because they refuse to build affordable housing. It has been up for debate many times and always gets shot down. basically meaning that the elites dont want poor people around them. California maybe getting payed more, but they spend on living alone more than what they are receiving extra. like I said before, shouldn't the state leading the race in social programs be doing better with the wealth inequality? the middle class is shrinking by the day and poverty increasing. And a problem that is everywhere but nowhere is it as bad as in california.
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