Similarly the opportunity for comprehensive reform of the liability laws of all of these states will be key to attracting new investment and manufacturing. I know from the travel schedules of my law partners where they want to defend baseless lawsuits against our manufacturing partners, and it isn't the states where Democratic legislatures have been funded by the trial bar. To attract and keep businesses, the laws must be reformed to end the litigation lottery that cripples manufacturing.
John Kasich, Scott Walker, Tom Corbett and Rick Snyder have been given an enormous opportunity to resurrect their states' economies, building on the enormous higher education infrastructure and genuinely wonderful quality of life these states offer. They have also been given the legislative majorities they need to act. Hope that they do, and in so doing, teach by example their government-employee dominated sister-states where the secular tithe of union dues taken from teachers and state workers is then sent to prop up the failing public sector. California and New York, and probably Illinois, are doomed to an unofficial bankruptcy and to brain drain as the flight of capital. The midwest has the chance to take in all of that talent and energy.
But they have to act. And quickly.