Happy Father’s Day! Md. Ranks 13th on List of Best States for Working Dads

    Just in time for Father’s Day: An assessment of the best and worst states for working dads, courtesy of Wallet Hub, a personal finance website.

    The list was put together based on a variety of factors: economic and social well-being; work-life balance; availability of child care; and health.

    So where does Maryland stand? The Mid-Atlantic state of middle temperament is in the middle of the pack – though on the high end of the middle tier. Maryland ranks 13th overall – 13th for economic and social well-being, 25th for work-life balance, 14th for child care, and 7th for health. Maryland cracks the top 5 for the subcategory of lowest percentage of children with fathers present who are living in poverty.

    Ahead of Maryland on the list: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, Minnesota, District of Columbia, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Washington, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota. The worst state for working dads? Louisiana, just a shade behind New Mexico.

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    Josh Kurtz
    Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.