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Subject:  Re: West Is Best: Protected Lands Promote Jobs.. Date:  12/4/2012  12:26 AM
Author:  intercst Number:  46536 of 116445

It might also be the lack of "legacy costs" you see in some of the Northeastern and Southern states.

For example, Connecticut has a large Puerto Rican population that's a hold over from the days the Connecticut River Valley was a big shade tobacco growing region and labor was imported from the Caribbean to harvest the crop. Once those jobs dried up, that population moved to the welfare rolls.

Medicaid is another issue. Dannel Molloy, the Governor of Connecticut was on Chris Hayes show over the weekend and mentioned that the state spends $5 billion per year on Medicaid. Meanwhile the Tea-Bagger states are big on changing Medicaid to a block grant so that they can deny things like kidney transplants to poor people. A state can make themselves more competitive if they win the "race to the bottom" on the screwing the poor out of health care.

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