How is Your State Doing?

According to the conventional wisdom, we’re to be taking comfort for our national electoral collapse in our state-level successes.

How’s that working out?  Outsiders don’t usually hear good analysis of what’s going on unless it becomes truly dramatic, Wisconsin-style. Ricochetti local perspectives would be interesting.

To give the classic poll question, is your state on the right track or the wrong track?  If the Republicans are in charge, how are they doing?  If the Democrats, how bad are…

  1. Barkha Herman

    I live in Florida.  There are a couple of good things happening here.  

    • The high speed rail project was scrapped.  Yay!

    • Teachers in Florida will now get merit pay.  Yay!
    • Port of Miami Redevelopment – better than spending the same money on Rial IMO.  I may be wrong, but I am willing to wait and see on this one.
    • Incentives for certain majors in College (Engineering and science). Again, not sure about this one
    • Drug screening for welfare recipients – I am not for this.
    • He is increasing spending, though, and that I am not for.  No re-funds a-la – Rick Perry.
  2. The King Prawn

    Washington State is still locked up by the Dems, sort of. Although they have the executive and both houses of the legislature, the state senate is currently controlled by the Republican minority + 2 Dems that are caucusing with them. It’s the queerest arrangement I’ve ever heard of in politics, but it does accurately reflect the realities of the state. The whole state is dominated by the loony left in San Fran North (Seattle), but the remainder of the state is more Idaho than Oregon. I can hop a ferry and be in Seattle in half an hour, or I can drive half an hour south and be in an area where Ax Men dominate.

  3. Illiniguy

    I’m in Illinois, where the state’s credit rating has just been downgraded for the 11th time since Pat Quinn became governor in 2009. Need I say more?

  4. Merina Smith

    I live in CA.  I have long argued that signs at the border, and that includes the border from Mexico, should read “Abandon hope all ye who enter here.” 

    Funny story–yesterday my husband attended the funeral of a colleague who was well-connected in CA politics.  Governor Jerry Brown spoke at the funeral–mostly about himself.  That’s symbolic of the state, controlled by a bunch of navel-gazing lefties determined to double down on failure.  Brown has been doubling down on failure in this state for more than 40 years now, assisted by doubling-down voters. 

  5. J Wesley

    I am in NC. Republicans have super majorities in both state houses and now have the governor’s mansion. There is talk of scrapping the individual and corporate incomes tax here although some believe only a cut in both rates is coming. There is talk of education reform but NC is way behind the curve compared to Florida, Indiana, and others.

    State spending is lower and the public employee workforce is smaller but I believe it is still a little above average. Government services are excellent in some areas, miserable in others. There is some serious inequality issues in terms of opportunity here.

    Unemployment rate is above national rate but declining fast. The benefits of the recovery have been disproportionately enjoyed by the big cities of Charlotte, Raleigh, Cary, and Durham. Mid-size cities, towns, and rural areas are still struggling mightily.

    I am optimistic with Gov. McCrory but it just depends on how ambitious and conservative he truly is.

  6. Fred Cole

    I live in NY.  You all know already.

  7. Mr. Brown

    It’s fun to live in VA and it’s fun to look across the river at the smoking crater that is MD. We’re both states that should be rich, well organized, clean, and immune to bad economies due to the DC suburbs propping up lagging jobs numbers in the rest of the state.

    Looking at the smoking crater that is DC isn’t fun to look at, but that’s just for sentimental reasons. I hate that DC is such a mess.

  8. Jimmy Glynn
    Merina Smith:Brown has been doubling down on failure in this state for more than 40 years now, assisted by doubling-down voters.  · 4 hours ago

    You forgot to add the doubling-down legislature. 

    The great people of our state just voted (VOTED!) for more taxes in the last election.  It’s fun stuff. 

    I truly see no hope for California aside from the possibility that it eventually becomes such a horrible, broke, socialistic state that the only alternative is to let the right wingers have a shot at fixing it.  Although by that time I will probably have fled the state.

  9. Frozen Chosen

    I am very sad to report that things are heading south here in Minnesota.  Our marxist governor, Mark Dayton, has proposed huge tax and spending increases now that the DFL (our version of Democrats) has regained control of the legislature.

    Comrade Dayton is proposing a sales tax on business-to-business services which will devastate Minnesota companies.  That means a sales tax on accounting, lawyers, consultants, advertising – you name it.  We already have a 2% tax on all medical services so I don’t know if that is going up or not.

    Dayton also wants to extend the state sales tax to clothing, which had previously been exempted.  He is proposing a $500 property tax rebate as well for homeowners, which means – you guessed it – poor folks who rent will be hit with higher sales tax and will not get the rebate.  Tax the poor!

    Progressive indeed….

  10. Pencilvania

    Our PA Governor Tom Corbett (R) just yesterday proposed his plan for privatizing liquor stores - evidently UT and PA are the last 2 states stuck with govt. connoisseurs assisting you in the selection of your cabernet sauvignon.  Proceeds from licenses would go to education.  For years every time there is a poll, Pennsylvanians approve privatizing state stores by over 70%, so it might just happen, and put Corbett in good stead for reelection. 

    Unemployment in PA is right around the national rate.  Philly’s homicide rate continues at over 300 murders a year, and its institutions continue to be headed by liberal Democrats, including the city’s Republican party. 

  11. Seawriter

    We’re from Texas.  There is so much going right here (even though the legislature is in session), I find it hard to believe.  In many ways it feels like it would have living in Rivendell as the powers of darkness gathered outside. Now if we could find someone to carry the ring of power and drop it in the Cracks of Doom in MorDC.

    Mark

  12. Frozen Chosen

    …And of course Dayton has proposed a 20% increase in the income tax rate for the “rich” – $150k for individuals and $250k for couples – as well.

    We really miss Tim Pawlenty.

  13. SweetTexasCrude

    Here in Massachusetts we elected Elizabeth Warren, the governor’s raising income taxes, and the roads are still abysmal.

    On the bright side, the state wasn’t too badly hurt in the recession and is able to attract bright, innovative people from all over the world to attend its universities and work in finance and high tech.

    I don’t see much of a future here for middle class people– and neither do other young people, judging from our negative population growth.

  14. GadgetGal
    Mr. Brown: It’s fun to live in VA and it’s fun to look across the river at the smoking crater that is MD. We’re both states that should be rich, well organized, clean, and immune to bad economies due to the DC suburbs propping up lagging jobs numbers in the rest of the state.

    Yep–I’m living in that crater (MD) across the Potomac–sort of.  But as we say over here on the eastern shore….”there’s no life on t’other side of the Chesapeake Bay”

  15. Shane McGuire

    I’m in Texas. We had four of the top ten cities named recently in some survey for best small to medium sized cities to do business. My town of Tyler was number 9 on the list of 100. I can’t recall which study it was now. We receive so many accolades here that it’s hard to keep up.

    Anyway, for all you people in California and New York: suck it. (Said with southern charm, and a bit of Irish blarney.)

  16. Nick Stuart
    Illiniguy: I’m in Illinois, where the state’s credit rating has just been downgraded for the 11th time since Pat Quinn became governor in 2009. Need I say more? · 5 hours ago

    50th out of 50 in credit worthiness. Illinois leads the way, the way down that is.

    There’s one political party. John Kass of the Chicago Tribune calls it “The Combine.”

    For something truly representative of Illinois, it’s state quarter should depict one hand passing an envelope of money to another under a table.

    The state motto should be “Where’s Mine?”

    The nickname “Sucker State” is applicable to the majority of voters who keep returning people like Mike Madigan and Dick Durbin to office. We’ll keep that.

  17. PConn

    Rhode Island, ah.. Rhode Island. One of the highest unemployment rates in the country. To which, Gov Chafee, who got his job by having the name “chafee”, has decided to raise taxes on vet benefits and other items never before taxed in the state and scrap e-verify since its “racist”. And lets not forget the “holiday” tree fiasco as jsut a nice needless shin kick.

    There was a stink about government guarentees to a video game producer backed by Kurt Schilling the ex-sox pitcher, but thats going nowhere.  Its our Solyndra.

    My home town of 30k spent 7 million it didnt have, went into recievership, and hiked my property tax by 17%. Same year, they passed out COLA to 350 retired teachers worth 4 million. 

    350 retired teachers in a town of 30k. 

    So, while on the state house level we’ve had some luck with addressing our pension crisis, the money is still flying out the door like Patrick Kennedy out of Hazelton. 

    On the good side, it’s still a nice place to park your yacht and its much easier to drink in Providence than Boston. Good food and decent parking for the Hog.

  18. Swanning in the Beltway

    Very true about Philly.  Corbett is also talking about passing Right-to-Work this year, we’ll see how it goes.

    In VA, McDonnell wants to get rid of the Gasoline Tax.

    Pencilvania: Our PA Governor Tom Corbett (R) just yesterday proposed his plan for privatizing liquor stores - evidently UT and PA are the last 2 states stuck with govt. connoisseurs assisting you in the selection of your cabernet sauvignon.  Proceeds from licenses would go to education.  For years every time there is a poll, Pennsylvanians approve privatizing state stores by over 70%, so it might just happen, and put Corbett in good stead for reelection. 

    Unemployment in PA is right around the national rate.  Philly’s homicide rate continues at over 300 murders a year, and its institutions continue to be headed by liberal Democrats, including the city’s Republican party.  · 1 hour ago

  19. Stan Sneed

    Good topic, Leigh.  Here in frozen S.D. it’s freezing cold, but our Repub. dominated legislature doesn’t do too much harm.  Just passed a law to allow teachers or parent volunteers to be in schools with weapons just in case.  Make more sense than outlawing so called assault weapons, no?

    Hope ricochet can revisit this from time to time as we are planning to move back to a warmer clime after a couple of looming high school graduations.

    Fla. has the beaches, but Texas may be in the lead as the preferred destination.

  20. Bob Laing

    NJ-  Despite the many infuriating things Christie has done over the past couple months, he has caused the state to take a serious look at at some of the more reckless spending habits we have. In the end though, I’m really not sure what, if any lasting change will actually come from Christie’s administration. NJ remains a stronghold for labor unions and the left in general.  I have no doubt that, in 20 years, my property taxes will still be way higher than the national average and cities like Newark and Camden will remain unliveable cesspools.  

    RE: Sandy, we’ll find a way to funnel most of the Sandy relief into the hands of political donors and other interested parties.  Small business owners and residents will not only be left hanging, but unnecessarily burdened by red tape while rebuilding (already happening)

    PS. McGreevey, Toricelli, Corzine, and now Menendez (plus many more).  The corruption, deceit, and scandal in NJ beats any other state.  At least we’re #1 in something.

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