Monday, February 27, 2017

Why are People Moving out of Wisconsin Scott Walker?

Researching a story, I came across this Wall Street Journal list of worst and best run states. While Scott Walker gets press wondering out loud whether he's going to run again for governor or not (really?), his record is amazingly unimpressive, especially when you count all the things we as state gave up, eliminated or is currently starving to death.

Wisconsin is sitting at # 20 in The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50   December 6, 2016
> Debt per capita: $3,876 (18th highest) > 2015 Unemployment rate: 4.6% (19th lowest) > Credit rating: Aa2/AA > Poverty: 12.1% (15th lowest)

A declining population, particularly when residents are moving out of state, often can be traced to a lack of job opportunities or a low quality of life. Between 2010 and 2015, 14,210 more people moved out of the state than moved in, equivalent to a net population loss of 0.2% over that time. Wisconsin is one of just 14 states with a net negative migration over the last five years. Home values in the state remained effectively stagnant over that time, even as the U.S. median home value increased by 12%. This is likely a product of outbound migration from the state.

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