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*LIST* What Is The Best State In The U.S.?

We’re sure most people think they live in the best state in the country, but we know that can’t possibly be true, because there are 50 states and not everyone can be the best. Well, the debate over which state is the best can stop now because a new report from "U.S. News & World Report" seems to have the answer.

The magazine evaluated all 50 states on a range of factors including education, healthcare, infrastructure, quality of life, economy, and more and determined that Iowa is the state that best serves their citizens. Iowa comes out on top for infrastructure, , and also lands in the top three for healthcare. It also ranks high for opportunity, which includes metrics like education and income inequality.

Top Ten Best States in the U.S. (click here to check out the complete list)

  1. Iowa
  2. Minnesota
  3. Utah
  4. North Dakota
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Washington
  7. Nebraska
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Vermont
  10. Colorado
  • As for the other specific categories, Hawaii ranks highest for healthcare, while Massachusetts, last year’s overall number one, is tops for education, Colorado is number one for economy, New Hampshire takes the top spot for opportunity and North Dakota is number one for quality of life. 
  • And if you’re wondering what state came in dead last, that would be Louisiana, which ranks 49th in education, 47th in healthcare, and 50th in opportunity and 42nd in quality of life. Yeah, but they have Mardi Gras. 

Source: U.S. News & World Report


Americans Fear Getting Letters From The IRS

While folks still have several weeks until they absolutely have to file their taxes, it seems a lot of people are already stressing out about it. 

According to a new survey, a big fear of a lot of Americans is getting a letter from the IRS, with 47% of folks saying they feel anxious when they get any sort of correspondence from them. One of the main reasons for that is that 46% of people don’t know the difference between a notice from the IRS and an actual audit

Overall, 29% of people worry they will be audited, even though 65% of people are confident they didn’t make any mistakes on their returns. In general audits are absolutely scary, with 32% of people not at all confident they would know what to do if they were audited.

  • The poll also finds that about 11% of those polled have been audited by the IRS in the past, while only 6% of taxpayers have gotten some sort of correspondence about their returns.

Source: Fox 19


Students Suggest Ways To Stop Bullying & Increase Kindness

It’s no secret that bullying is a real problem in schools these days, and it seems kids need a lot more guidance about what to do about it.  

A new survey by the Cartoon Network finds that 62% of nine to 11 year olds say they’ve been bullied at least “once or twice," while 70% believe kids their age would be kinder if those running our country set a better example about how to treat others.

It may seem like an easy thing to say that other kids have to look out for those who are being picked on, but kids admit it isn’t all that simple. In fact, 58% of those who who’ve seen someone get bullied or left out say they don’t help because they don’t know what to do or say. What’s more 46% are concerned that if they do say something it would make things worse, with 37% saying they don’t help out of fear they themselves will get made fun of. 

The survey also finds:

  • 77% of 9- to 11-year-olds say they have witnessed bullying (50% once or twice, 27% many times)
  • 64% say they have tried to help someone being bullied (47% once or twice, 17% many times)
  • 96% of kids say adults in their family set a good example for how to treat others with kindness, while 93% say the adults in their school do, and only 46% say the adults in our government do
  • 23% of kids say caring about others is the “most” important to them, while others prioritize being happy (35%), getting good grades (23%), or having good friends (17%)
  • Only 14% of kids say "caring about others" is most important to their parents, compared to 27% who said "good grades" and 56% who said "being happy."
  • 77% say it would help kids their age be kinder if there was someone who could give kids ideas about what to do or say in tough situations
  • 66% said it would help if they could spend more time with kids who are different from them 

Source: Cartoon Network


Gap getting praised...

Gap is getting a lot of positive feedback for a new online ad that features a woman breastfeeding her child, while wearing a GapBody sleep shirt from their new Love by GapBody Line. Since it was first posted on Instagram last week it was liked 35,000 times, with 2,300 people commenting. Folks praised the “beautiful” ad, for “normalizing” breastfeeding. “Thank you for this,” one person shared. “Everything about it makes my soul smile. Job well done @gap!” Check out the ad here.


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