Apr 22, 2014 09:28 Louisiana ranks 29th in conservative group’s competitiveness report Louisiana ranks 29th in conservative group’s competitiveness report Advocate staff report April 22, 2014 Comments Louisiana ranked 29th in 2014 economic outlook competitiveness ranking, according to the newest edition of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “Rich States, Poor States” report. The council describes itself as the largest, nonpartisan, voluntary membership of state legislators in the country. The Center for Media and Democracy describes the group as a “who’s who of the extreme right” where many of the model bills the nonprofit pushes benefit the corporations that help write them. In the 2013 rankings, Louisiana held the No. 28 spot. The rankings measure states in 15 policy categories, including income tax rates on the highest-earning residents and corporations, property and sales taxes, a survey of the state liability system, and the number of public employees per 10,000 residents. The Top 5 states in the economic outlook ranking were Utah, South Dakota, Indiana, North Dakota and Idaho. The Bottom 5 were Minnesota, California, Illinois, Vermont and New York.