If you live in Minnesota, you know that for 16 years Dems have tried to make us like California, only cold, desolate and worse. California is rapidly depopulating and businesses are tripping over themselves to leave the state. Minnesota is following along, and this legislative session will permanently put our state in the dumpster. Despite a massive surplus, whacked Dems are raising taxes and creating new incentives for no one to have a business in the state or to work. Our rapid descent has not escaped the notice of groups ranking states for the quality of their business and work environment. This recent report from the American Legislative Exchange Council looks at 15 factors related to a state’s economic environment and outlook. Ultimately the rankings are linked to economic growth. We already know Minnesota performs poorly in that regard. But our outlook is especially grim, as the rankings say we will have the 48th ranked economy among 50 states. Or if you are a whacked progressive trying to destroy the private economy, you probably think Minnesota is now third in the nation in working toward that goal. It goes without saying that all the highly-ranked and highly performing states are run by Republicans and all the bottom ones by Dems. (ALEC Report)
Little Timmy’s Lies Can’t Hide Minnesota’s Decline
By Kevin RocheMay 4, 2023Commentary
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It’s amazing how things have changed in our state. We’ve been blessed with an incredibly diverse economy. When you think of just the biggest companies headquartered here, there’s healthcare (Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, UnitedHealthgroup), manufacturing (3M), retail (Target, Best Buy), banking (US Bank, plus Wells Fargo has huge presence despite being HQ’d in California), agriculture (General Mills, Cargill), etc. I’m obviously leaving several other very large companies out. Just about anybody of average intelligence who is willing to work has been able to get a decent job and been able to live a middle-class lifestyle. But our public schools have been destroyed, people don’t feel safe in Minneapolis and other parts of the state due to crime, and the cost of living has gone through the roof.
Now with remote work taking off, companies are starting to realize that a lot of these jobs can not only be done from home but can be done by somebody from India. We’re not in danger of significant amounts of jobs going to India in the next year, but I’m curious to see what it looks like 5 years from now and 10 years from now. Current workers who can work remote are realizing that they don’t have to stay in MN. I personally know a few (who have young families) who have moved to Florida and Texas while keeping their MN based jobs. This is very bad for the future of our state.
And the education system has been going downhill for quite some time. Everybody knows Tim Walz is a former social studies teacher and one can imagine the angle he’d be teaching from. But this guy (https://www.kare11.com/article/news/politics/senate-panel-hears-menstrual-products-bill/89-6e30321d-1e73-4286-aae7-51321cefe506) taught history at Eden Prairie High School for decades and is now a state senator. Now just about all of his former students are now in the workforce and our state will reap the benefits of his labor for the next 50+ years. One can imagine how many other teachers there are that have similar viewpoints that we just haven’t heard about publicly. Can anybody blame parents for not putting their kids in public schools when this is what they get?