When Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano left her post to become the chief of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, she was replaced by a republican, Jan Brewer. The incoming governor inherited a budget crisis, which was one of the worst in the nation.
Governor Brewer immediately brought conservative principles to the problems left by the outgoing democrat, and with the republican controlled legislature shrank government to a size the state’s citizens could afford, instituting critical reforms to programs like Medicaid. The state budget went from a $3 billion deficit to an $800 million surplus in just four years.
As a result, Arizona now ranks #1 nationally for business start-ups, according to the Kauffman Index, and CEO Magazine says that Arizona is among the Top 10 states for small business.
At a time when the federal government is pretending to fix an ailing national economy, our national leaders would do well to look to conservative states like Arizona to see how bad economies are really being turned around.