In itself, that's not a big deal, because you can also see, Wisconsin was in the middle of the pack over these time periods in both the US and the Midwest. (A side note, as the “boom” in Iowa and the rest of the Plains seems to be a one-time boost in farm incomes, possibly related to the Trump Administration’s subsidy program which heavily favored soybeans and paid out at the end of the year).
But what’s also intriguing in the report is this statement at the bottom of the main report.
Today, BEA also released revised quarterly estimates for 2018:Q1-2018:Q3. Updates were made to incorporate source data that are more complete and more detailed than previously available and to align the states with revised national estimates. BEA also released revised quarterly estimates of population and per capita personal income for 2010:Q1-2018:Q3, and revised annual estimates of population and per capita personal income for 2010-2017.And that’s a big deal because it means that we now have a more complete picture of Wisconsin’s record in these stats over the 8 years Scott Walker and the Wisconsin GOP have been in power. And that record is awful.
First off is personal income. DEAD LAST over most of these 8 years, including at the end. (numbers not adjusted for inflation)
And look at Number 1 in the Midwest – Minnesota, run by a Democrat while Wisconsin was run by Republicans. However, Wisconsin’s population didn’t grow nearly as fast as some other states in the Midwest (especially Minnesota), so maybe the per capita figures will allow us to look better.
Nope, still DEAD LAST. Even more amazing is who is Number 1. ILLINOIS! Sure, some of that is a function of the declining population south of the border (it lost 127,7000 people in the 8 years measured), but it and the other Clinton-voting state in the Midwest expanded their income gap over Wisconsin over the last 8 years.
Per capita income
Ill. $57,927 (+$15,064)
Minn $57,356 (+$13,568)
Wis. $51,429 ($+11,627)
And yet WisGOPs are still trying to throw this type of BS over on the public?
Joint Finance Committee member, folks. As is typical with Republicans, the key question is “LYING, OR STUPID?”
But I do know an answer you can give when it comes to evaluating GOP policies in lifting the incomes of Wisconsinites over the last 8 years. “FAILURE”.