Midwestern states have become both battlegrounds and test labs in the past three years for clashing theories on economic development. On one side are pro-business tax-cutting governors, often Republican, devoted to balanced budgets and anti-union policies. On the other are the pro-growth spenders, often Democrats, devoted to investment in education and infrastructure and willing to raise taxes to pay for it.
Several recent articles have totted up the results. First results give the nod to the liberal spenders. But it’s early days yet, and the conflicting returns may owe as much to history and previous governments as they do to the governors now occupying the statehouses.