Worst thing: Worst minimum wage-sustaining a family ratio
Virginia has the worst ratio of minimum wage to what is needed to sustain a family of any state. The minimum wage in the state is $7.25, or 26% of what is needed to sustain a family. The hourly minimum wage in Virginia will increase to $9.50 beginning May 1, 2021.
Worst thing: Most regressive tax system
According to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the tax structure in Washington makes the rich richer and the poor poorer more than in any other state. The 20% of taxpayers with the lowest incomes can pay up to six times as much of their income as Washington’s wealthiest do.
Worst thing: Highest drug overdose death rate
West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country at 49.8 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people — more than double the national rate of 20.6 drug overdose deaths per 100,000.
Worst thing: Highest adult excessive drinking rate
Wisconsin has the highest excessive alcohol consumption rate among adults of any state, at 25% of adults — well above the 18.2% national excessive drinking rate.
Worst thing: Highest occupational fatality rate
Wyoming has the highest occupational fatality rate of any state with 11.5 workplace deaths per 100,000 workers — well above the national rate of 4.1 workplace deaths per 100,000 workers.