When state policy doesn’t quite match up to prevent “brain drain,” retaining our best and brightest young people, Scott Walker still won’t make any adjustments.
WPR: As people age out of the workforce, state job growth will depend in part on young educated professionals staying in Wisconsin. However, many young graduates are leaving. Earlier this year, the Governor's Conference on Economic Development discussed the brain drain. Featured speaker UW-Madison's Morris Davis with the Wisconsin School of Business (said), “Job growth is on everyone's mind,” said Davis … between 2008 and 2012, on average Wisconsin lost 14,000 college graduates per year, with most of those leaving between the ages of 21 and 29. “If you were to rank the (Midwestern) states we're second-best relative to Minnesota.”
But the difference between Minnesota and Wisconsin is still pretty dramatic, as shown in the graphic here (click to enlarge).
Jeff Sachse, a labor economist with the Department Workforce Development (said) What's different now, is that quality of life issues are increasingly important for young professionals and new college graduates. Groups like the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group and the Rockefeller Foundation say access to public transportation is one factor that helps millennials decide where to live.
And we know the collectivist socialist idea of “public transportation,” which is typically used by poor people to go to rich suburban neighborhoods, is completely out of the question. Heck, Walker won an election turning away the biggest regional public transportation plan yet. Think about it; high speed rail would have linked Illinois and Minnesota, with Wisconsin as the benefactor and common state between them, making us ripe for massive regional development. Wisconsin should be trying to work off, and benefit from, the successes of both Illinois and Minnesota instead of trashing them.