Ed Driscoll

What's the Matter with Connecticut?

Question: “How Did Rich Connecticut Morph Into One Of America’s Worst Performing Economies?”

Answer: “Government policies did their damage:”

State taxes and local property taxes. Unions corrupted urban governments, along with some of the immigrant Mafioso components. Semi-skilled blacks from the rural South moved north in a vast migration for the industrial jobs, jobs which fled this high-tax, heavily-unionized post-War state leaving them with nothing while immigrant Mexicans happily do most of the hard labor and even skilled labor like masonry and construction, and are happy to work in our Dunkin Donuts shops.

For many businesses and many individuals, economics now trump sentimental home-town and home-state attachments.

But only until they’re fundamentally transformed, to coin a phrase.