ICYMI: We are re-posting our story we first ran in January regarding Governor Scott Walker’s (R-WI) then potential, now official, Presidential bid. Coincidentally, President Barack Obama (D) made some of these same points when he was in Lacrosse, WI.
Originally, published January 29,2015.
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With Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) as a potential candidate for President in 2016 a comparison between Minnesota (MN) and Wisconsin (WI) is well warranted.Walker’s approach to government and Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) can not be more diametrically opposed.
Walker has stood against the state’s labor unions, while Dayton has embrace his.Walker has cut taxes in his state while Dayton pledged to raised them on high income earners in his campaign and did when elected to office. WI is experiencing a budget deficit while MN is experiencing its 2nd surplus and Walker is proposing significant cuts to the University of WI and even saying faculty should teach an additional class.
On paper, the two states look like cousins. In spite of WI being older by ten years the two have traveled quite different paths. Currently, MN has a slightly smaller population, but simlar small levels of diversity. MN household income is $7,423 better, the Unemployment rate is 2.5% lower and part of this might be the fact MN has 5.8% more college graduates.
Wisconsin looks like MN did 10 years ago under Governor Tim Pawlenty (R), who shares a similar philosophy to Walker. Then MN’s statisics looked similar to WI today, when the MN Unemployment rate was floating arount 4.5%.
Because of his close association with Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R-NY) the two served in the U.S. Senate together and she has attended fundraisers forDayton. Dayton would make a quintesential surrogate if Walker is the GOP nominee.