July 29, 2011

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘Red States, Including the ‘Newly-Reds,’ Excel at Job Growth’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:10 am

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

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The “newly-reds” are Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

This video from Ohio Governor Kasich tells more about the story of the Buckeye State.

Six words, guys: “Keep working hard,” and “Don’t get cocky.”

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UPDATE: A look at the top seven job gainers in absolute numbers in May and June combined is also instructive.

Here is the list of the seven:

Top7StateJobGainersMayJune2011

The three highlighted “newly-reds” added almost 32,000 jobs while the nation as a whole added 43,000 (yes, I know it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, but it’s still useful).

Florida’s gain is one of the best in the nation even on a percentage basis during those two months. The Sunshine State didn’t get off to a great start this year, but a few more months like May and June, and perhaps Florida will become a fourth successful member of the “newly-reds.” Florida would qualify as a newly-red because previous governor and ultimate RINO Charlie Crist switched from Republican to Independent late last year in a vain attempt to derail Marco Rubio. New GOP Governor Rick Scott has been getting the Walker-Kasich treatment, and has a lot of damage to undo. Thank goodness that’s beginning to happen.

The other interesting list member is Minnesota. It looks like the state wasn’t particularly disturbed by the prospect of a state shutdown. With Democrat Governor Mark Dayton in place, it doesn’t qualify as a newly-red, but it appears that the GOP legislature in the Gopher State (add that to the “words I thought I’d never type” list) is doing its part to rein in the public sector at least a bit, and that it is reaping rewards for doing so.

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