Here's the second version of the ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index, I posted about the first version in the fall. West Virginia has some bad areas but some good areas as well; one of the bad ones is "State Liability System Survey," they rank last. It seems that anyone who takes even a rudimentary look at state judicial systems concludes that West Virginia is last, and clearly so. Russ Sobel's new book, The Rule of Law, addresses this issue.
Now that the dissertation is done, the compile-all-of-these-indexes paper is on the list of things to do.