Have I said enough how I love this state? I do. Here’s a tour-de-force article as to exactly why:
So, what of the charge that good outcomes result from high incomes? Lewis says “you might turn the question on its head” and ask, instead, why is Massachusetts so rich? “Massachusetts and others at top of the index tend to make significant public and private investments in the ingredients of well-being,” explains Lewis. Ultimately, these investments pay off both socially and economically. …
[H]igh income is no guarantee of good social outcomes and strong investments in people clearly haven’t punished one of our wealthiest and most globally competitive state economies. In fact, if America wants to be a healthy, smart, rich, globalized, high-tech powerhouse, we arguably have no better model than Massachusetts.
You’ll notice that this article is chockful of empirical data, not just a bunch of assertions about how to create a good life. We’ve done it. If you care about a.) The economy, b.) education, c.) health, then we’re doing relatively well here. Not perfect, nothing to be complacent about. But certainly something to point to, to show that public policy taken seriously, and a can-do attitude from policymakers and private citizens, does indeed make a difference.
As a friend said, “Haters gonna hate.” Never mind them.