California has imposed on its residents one of the nation’s strictest regulatory structures, but it hasn’t improved the lives of those who live under it. A new study ranks the Golden State dead last in “quality of life,” according to a recent report from the Washington Times:
California has the worst quality of life in the United States, according to a new ranking released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.
According to the study, California ranked No. 32 overall but came in 50th place for quality of life, just after New Jersey in 49th and Indiana in 48th. The state with the best quality of life was North Dakota, followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The “quality of life” category takes into account the health of a state’s natural and social environments, according to U.S. News.
“Among the measures used to evaluate states’ natural environments are drinking water quality, air quality and total toxic chemical pollution per square. The ranking also considers how much each state puts its citizens at risk for long-term, chronic health effects from pollution,” the study said.“Social environment, on the other hand, investigates how involved people are in their communities,” the study said.
If we don’t do something, the entire nation could follow California’s lead. It might not happen during this administration, but the federal government has been steadily increasing its regulatory control over the last century.
The only way to stem the tide of overbearing regulations is via an Article V Convention of States. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that curb regulations not only for the next four years, but for generations to come.
Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed. Our convention would only allow the states to discuss amendments that, “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”
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