Hugh Hewitt: What Midwestern Governors Do Now for Jobs, Growth

Hugh Hewitt writes in his column about the sweeping political change brought with new Republican governors to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin, offering excellent policy proposals these leaders should enact. From “Where The Action Ought To Be: A Once in a Generation Chance for the Midwest“:

The voters have delivered the legislative majorities these new governors need, and they should act especially in three areas.

First, they have to slash the business taxes that divert entrepreneurs towards Perry’s Texas and Brewer’s Arizona. Slash the corporate tax rates and throw incentives at new manufacturing plants. Declare large zones like the city of Detroit or Trumbull and Mahoning counties in Ohio to be tax free havens and point out the amazing infrastructure that is already in place. California and New York last night decided to try the European way, and their wealth will flee confiscatory taxation. The old industrial powerhouses can be very inviting, especially the northern coastal states. But it will take the same sort of drive that Mitch Daniels has put into reforming Indiana.

As taxes are being cut and spending to match, the new governors should demand of their legislatures two other bold departures: Education must be reformed and tort law completely reworked.

Hugh makes no bones about being a Republican partisan, but he’s also a good, inquisitive and respectful interviewer of his guests no matter their political leanings. In his blog post early Wednesday, “The Huge GOP Win“, he makes an important observation:

[The] Senate Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns in 2012 –John Tester, Sherrod Brown, Debbie Stabenow, Claire McCaskill, Ben Nelson, Kent Conrad, and James Webb– certainly understand what the verdict of the country was tonight even if MSM spins for the next 24 months. Watch and see how they vote on the extension of the Bush tax cuts in the months ahead.

Hewitt’s radio program is carried now in Washington on WWRC, commonly known as 1260 WRC, broadcast live from 6 to 9 p.m. The dinnertime news-talk radio menu selections inside the Beltway these days are very good. Appetizers? WTOP’s news, weather, sports and traffic. Salad course (Belgian endive) with maybe a nice white wine, WAMU, the NPR station and “All Things Considered.” Steak tartare? That’s Mark Levin on WMAL, obviously (raw meat). But for the meat and potatoes, it has to be the Hugh Hewitt Show.

UPDATE (5:10 p.m.): The NAM’s John Engler will be on Hewitt’s show tonight during the third hour, about 8:20 p.m. East Coast. He’ll be reacting to Hugh’s column cited above.

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