Republican states lower in U.S. News ‘best states’ rankings

All but four Democrat-controlled state legislatures in the U.S. rest above the halfway mark of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best State” rankings, released Monday.

Maryland ranks eighth in new “best states” ranking

A new ranking of “Best States” released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report ranked Maryland eighth, using factors like growth, employment, healthcare and education.