Just ran across this:
By almost any measure: budget solvency, long-run solvency, service-level solvency, or the combo “fiscal condition”, the maps look mostly like the blue-red divide, with “blue” on the insolvent/bad fiscal condition side. I mean, here are the five worst “fiscal condition” states:
New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California
or, if you think that’s just a fluke, the next five worst:
New York, Maryland, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
In general, the study provides a bit of an insight into which kind of politics, locally, lead to better financial health of states.