This is very important to understand because if Republicans take control of Minnesota state government next year, they’ll do the same thing, and it will produce the same results.
In 2015, Wisconsin enacted its RTW law. Since that time, average hourly earnings growth in the Badger State slowed relative to Minnesota. From 2015 to 2017, Minnesota average hourly earnings increased by $2.35, compared to a $1.27 in Wisconsin. Minnesota’s average hourly earnings in 2017 were $28.42—$3.69 more than in Wisconsin ($24.73). Within a two year period, the hourly earnings gap between the two states increased by 42%.
In 2017, average hourly earnings in Minnesota are 8.0% above the U.S. average and higher than in any other Midwest state. Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s average hourly earnings slipped 6.0% below the national average.
(North Star Policy Institute)
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From Mac Hall: Great point. The 2018 elections will determine who controls the governorship and state legislature. With MNGOP control of the current legislature and a recognizable name in Tim Pawlenty, their chances are more than good. And the consequences are scary.
The 2020 census will create reapportion of the districts, but the next governor will select judges and fill commissions. The lesson from 2016 should be the impact that Trump has had … the undoing of regulations by the executive branch and judges confirmed has been under-reported … but will be felt for decades.
For example, the Senate has now confirmed John Ring to the National Labor Relations Board … by a 50-48 vote. Previously, they had confirmed Bill Emanuel so there are now more Republicans on the NLRB than Democrats.
And who is angry about these selections ??? The National Right To Work Committee is worried that, between Emanuel and Ring, the Republican majority would recuse itself out of opportunities to reverse Obama-era precedents … because there would be a conflict of interest owing to previous employment at management-side law firms who represent companies before the NRLB. The National Right to Work just wanted a lackey who could act immediately on all cases and not have to recuse from any.
There is a lot more at stake than ever.