Posts Tagged ‘blue-state policies’

Conservative Think Tank's Report Misses the Mark

The Center of the American Experiment (CAE) released a new report today, bemoaning Minnesota’s “mediocre” economic performance since 2000. Some of the trends noted in the report are legitimate, while others are not. However, the insinuation that “Minnesota’s blue-state policies” are “responsible for its economic underperformance” is bogus and unsupported by information in the report…

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Doctor Frankenstein, Meet Your Monster

Several weeks ago, the right wing Center of the American Experiment (CAE) observed that Minnesota’s economic performance over the course of the 21st century has been “mediocre” and touted a forthcoming report that would stimulate debate over “the extent to which Minnesota’s blue-state policies are eroding the state’s historic economic strength.” Our five-part series, which…

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State Trend in Sub-Par GDP Growth Reverses Under Progressive Policies

In the post-World War II era, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been the principal way of measuring economic growth or contraction. Based on this widely accepted measure, Minnesota’s economy has slightly underperformed the national average over the course of the current century, but has outperformed the national average in the two years since the enactment…

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Fiscal Policy Doesn’t Explain Below Average Employment Growth

Minnesota has lagged modestly behind the national average in terms of employment growth during the 21st century. However, there is no reason to blame Minnesota’s sub-par employment growth upon progressive fiscal policy. Rather, the state’s below average job growth is explicable—and even defensible—in terms of other labor force realities in the state versus the rest…

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Minnesota Wage Growth Stronger Under Progressive Policies

Conservatives have blamed “blue-state” policies for what they consider to be lackluster performance by Minnesota’s economy during the 21st century. However, wage growth in Minnesota has been slightly stronger vis-à-vis the national and adjacent state averages under recently enacted progressive policies than under the conservative policies that preceded them. As noted in the first article…

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Don’t Blame Blue-State Policies for Red-State Outcomes

Conservatives frequently claim that “blue-state polices” are hurting Minnesota’s economy. One line of analysis they have used is to identify negative or lackluster economic trends since the turn of the century and then lay blame for them at the feet of progressive public policy. There are at least three problems with this line of analysis.…

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