Poor as Louisiana? Less than 3% unemployment and the third largest oil revenues in the country. The only thing poor in Louisiana is all the Democrats wanting the Feds to take care of them! A mentallity born of the Democrats.
You want poor states, look at California as the illegals wreck that state. Or, how about New York State with all those great liberal minds. Didn't Michigan vote for Obomo too and look at all those Dems wanting a Federal handout!
Socialism doesn't work, never has and never will!