IT’S campaign season, and of course, there’s a three-way race for the Blaine House. As noted by the AP in early September, and as indicated by the debates, ads, and so forth, the state’s economy is a focus of the race. While each candidate rolls out their policies and makes their pitch on how they will help the state’s economy, there’s one question that should be asked:
Does it matter who occupies the Blaine House?
The reason this question should be asked is that there has been much discussion currently and in the not so distant past about the impact that state governors can have on a state’s economy. For instance, published this morning in Wisconsin’s Capital Times:
But the only problem is that governors don’t have nearly as much control over their state economies as they – or the voting public – like to believe.
“I don’t want to make it sound like governors are irrelevant, but in terms of the macro economy there wasn’t anything a governor could have done to bail their state out when the national economy was imploding,” says Charles Ballard, a political economist at Michigan State University who has been following the governors races in both Wisconsin and Michigan.