I’ve also posted about how when progressive Democrats took over in California under Jerry Brown and the economy improved dramatically. Could that have been a fluke or lucky timing? Well, now we have another great example.
Minnesota, which is right next door to Wisconsin, elected progressive Mark Dayton in 2011. Before he took office the state had a $6.2 billion deficit and owed the schools $2 billion, but he turned it into a $1.9 billion surplus. How did he do that? First, he raised taxes on the rich by 2 percent and increased the minimum wage. That injected money into the economy. Once the economy stabilized, he started paying down the state’s debt and increased funding for schools. And finally, the governor is starting to make good on his promise to implement broadband internet “border-to-border”. He’s even thinking of lowering property taxes.
And while this is not about the economy, I have to applaud Dayton for his stance on immigration and racism. Last month he said:
Look around you. This is Minnesota. Minnesota is not like it was 30, 50 years ago. But, this is Minnesota and you have every right to be here. And anybody who cannot accept your right to be here and this is Minnesota should find another state.
If you are that intolerant, if you are that much of a racist or a bigot, then find another state. Find a state where the minority population is 1 percent or whatever. It’s not that in Minnesota. It’s not going to be again. It’s not going to be that in St. Cloud, or Rochester or Worthington.