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Blue Model Goes Belly-Up
The Very Model of a Blue Model State

Rhode Island is the very model of a blue model state, writes Aaron M. Renn at City Journal, in an exhaustive catalogue of the state’s troubles. It has the worst, or next to worst, unemployment numbers in the nation, but seems actively to discourage new businesses from starting up. Here’s just a taste of the regulations the state has imposed on its citizens:

Until last year, Rhode Island was the only state that required businesses to pay their employees weekly. It passed legislation in 2013 to allow biweekly payroll—but only for businesses whose average pay is twice the minimum wage and can post a surety bond, get the written permission of any unions affected, and recertify with the state every four years. Meantime, all the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls (the election is this November) want to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, making it one of the nation’s highest.

As Renn winds up this comedy of errors, he remarks:

In most places, the question might be: What should we do? In Rhode Island, it’s probably better to ask: What can we do? Change won’t come easily. The state has done so poorly for so long that the public has grown fatalistic—“Rhode Apathy” is how one local described the state of mind. People and groups cling tenaciously to any benefits they get from the current system because they can’t imagine the pie getting bigger.

We’re not hopeful either, but we do recommend you read the whole thing. It’s a sobering reminder of just how far a state that embraces the blue model can slide.

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  • Curious Mayhem

    The “blue model” has to be forced to the wall first before anything changes. I mean: total collapse, bankruptcy, etc. Like NYC in 1975. Even then, it took another four years before Koch was elected.

    • S.C. Schwarz

      And then the voters forgot where the blue model invariably leads and we got DeBlassio. Back to 1975!

      • Curious Mayhem

        Curious how that happens. This time it’s far more due to indifference and complacency. Just look at the voter turnout numbers. New Yorkers seem to have not understood what was at stake.

  • Bruce

    There is still a significant percentage of the population that doesn’t grasp the negative cause and effect that blue state policies have. It’s easier to say, “We are for a living wage,” than to spend 5 minutes explaining the carnage caused by minimum wage. Often times when you explain it, you will get a reply along the lines of, “Well, businesses are just greedy and only care about profits, not people. Someone has to hold them accountable.” While you are having this argument, another 100 jobs move to Texas.

    • Curious Mayhem

      Or the jobs just don’t happen, at all.

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