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He's no Pat Quinn

February 2, 2011 - John D'Agostino
It seems as though a column in early January in The Wall Street Journal is right on the money.

In the Jan. 11 "A Tale of Two Democrats," William McGurn compared two Democratic governors who won elections in two financially unstable states — New York’s Andrew Cuomo and Illinois’ Pat Quinn. The differences between the two governors have the state of Wisconsin thrilled.

Not only does their beloved Green Bay football team own an edge over Chicago, now its government and economy does as well.

If tax increases go as planned, Illinois may be losing more residents to their neighbors to the north — and east.

"Mr. Quinn appears oblivious to the market-oriented policies next door (privitization of roads, the end of collective bargaining for state workers, etc.) that have helped Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels turn his state around," McGurn wrote.

Cuomo, on the other hand, seems to taking notice of his neighbor to the south in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie is taking on some powerful foes and unions and receiving favorable ratings.

"(I)t cannot be underestimated. Young people all across upstate new York are leaving because they believe there is no economic future left," Cuomo said.

This week, in presenting the budget, Cuomo presented a realistic and painful picture. It's not pretty — but neither is the high spending road New York state and local government have been too comfortably riding on for the last 15 years.


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