QUALITY OF LIFE STANDARDS
Quality of life standards are the measures of the status of the physical and cultural environments of the people within the jurisdiction of a government. The following positive and negative measurable parameters are used to derive quality-of-life ratings:
Quality and availability of consumer goods and services
- Quality and availability of public use facilities such as parks, museums, hospitals, transportation networks, universities, etc.
Incidence of war
Incidence of crime
Incidence of pollution
- Incidence of preventable disease, disability and death
The steps that a government takes to maintain high quality-of-life standards (high positive indices and low negative indices) must be supported by taxes and fees, which degrade living standards. The determination of the proper balance between high quality-of-life standards and high living standards is primarily a task for a democratic government’s legislature.