The Daily Beast ranks the state of Missouri 49th in job prospects. Only two states, Ohio and Michigan, are worse. (The District of Columbia is in the survey) I talked to a St. Louis University economist who said that states neighboring Missouri fund new businesses 30 times more than Missouri does. He also said the good old boy network is alive and well, sometimes prohibiting innovation. Maybe its time we looked at some of these things... before we hit 51st.