State Differences and Relationships I

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State Differences and Relationships I

Finishing the state expenditures and rankings. Starting to look at the differences between states and the relationships between variables.

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Texas A&M University
Pols 207 - State & Local Goverment

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POLS 207 1st Edition Lecture 4 Outline of Last Lecture I. Expenditures a. Federal vs. State b. Texas vs. Other States Outline of Current Lecture II. Continued State Expenditures A. Ranking tables available on lecture slides III. State Differences and Relationships IV. Graph data a. Correlations b. Empirical Relationships in Scatter plots and Correlations Current Lecture:  Mississippi and Louisiana are the poorest states.  Wyoming has a low poverty rate.  Homeless per 100,000 people – Oregon and Nevada have a high percentage of homeless people.  TANF benefits – in Texas you have to have a very low monthly income to gain these benefits – states such as Virginia and Michigan are fairly generous. Southern states as a whole are not very generous – due to low taxes meaning they receive less services and benefits.  High School Completion – Southern states have a low rate of high school completion.  Texas does better with college completion than high school completion. 25.9% of Texas students complete college. 1 in 2 Asians have a degree. 1 in 3 white people have a degree. 17-18% African-Americans 12% Hispanics Violent Crimes per 100,000 – States such as Louisiana, Florida, Nevada and Tennessee have a high rate of violent crime. Texas is fairly high but not as bad as those states. Low violent crime rates are states such as New Hampshire. Property crimes – Southern states have extremely high rates (except for Mississippi) – Texas is among those high states. Lower states are in the North East and Mid North (such as Maine, Idaho, Wyoming, the Dakotas and the Virginias) Texas has the most executions by far; 474 people since 1976.

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