Free Markets

Wisconsin Adopts Free-Market Policies as Neighboring Minnesota Expands Government

Consider 'em laboratories


Politically speaking, Wisconsin and Minnesota are practically twins.

They have voted the same way in the last seven presidential contests.

They gave President Obama almost identical victory margins last fall.

They share a common border, a common heritage, and the highest election turnouts in America.

Yet based on how they are being governed, you would think they were two different planets.

Wisconsin has been cutting taxes, curbing unions, expanding private school vouchers and rejecting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

Minnesota has been raising taxes, empowering unions, legalizing same-sex marriage and embracing Obamacare.

Wisconsin is getting its most conservative governance in decades. Minnesota is getting its most liberal governance in decades.