Donald wrote:Just a little note here about the power of governors. Be careful about generalizing. The Texas Constitution imparts very little power on the position of Governor, while Wisconsin's Constitution provides the office of Governor with immense power. States are not all the same.
I agree, though I think our notion of Texas' underpowered executive chair is a little too generalized. State congress passes the bills, governor does or does not sign them, no? I'm not saying its because of a governor that Silicon Valley is migrating south, but we can agree that business climates are what make states attractive, and those climates come from a state's gubernatorial and legislative tradition to a large extent, among other things.
Ironically its red state policies that bring business in; but those businesses, creating jobs, bring truckloads of blue state college grads. I'm starting to look at it as a natural harmony: the conservative infrastructure attracts businesses; those businesses create jobs; those jobs attract socially liberal college students/grads; you end up with a thriving state with a low cost of living, good paying jobs, and an evolving social outlook. Ten years from now those 24 year olds will be wanting to preserve their economic model as well as evolve social norms; to me that's about the perfect mix.