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Monday, November 21, 2005

Are we really that cheap?

It's that time of year again, when the "most miserly state" in the Union is selected. Once again, New Hampshire has "won." But Connecticut is right up there, one of the six stingiest states. The AP report says:

Using the Catalogue of Philanthropy's standard, the 10 stingiest states, starting from the bottom, were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado, Hawaii and Michigan. Connecticut, with an average income of $67,136, had average contributions of $3,565, ranking 45th.

Still, this report is criticized because of its methodology, comparing what people give to what they have. (Sounds at least somewhat Biblical to me.) By these standards, New England residents will always appear stingiest for they have higher incomes.

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