States with legislatures having a majority of Democrats are more likely to be in financial trouble. (Note: I am registered as "non-partisan" since I don't like the politics of either major party. I am not intentionally bashing Democrats).
Conclusion: (Updated 11/10/2008)
- States having a majority of Republicans in both houses were half as likely to have a budget deficit.
- Arizona and Florida were significantly above the normal for republican states.
- States with the state legislature lead by Democrats were TWICE as likely to have a budget deficit.
- States with the two houses of the state legislature split between Democrats and Republicans were 1.75 times as likely to have a budget deficit.
- The policies of Democrats are the cause.
- Voters in financially hurting states elected Democrats hoping their policies could help them out.
Chart showing the partisanship of the state's legislature (% democrat) vs. the size of state budget deficit (percent).
- The symbols represent individual states.
- The Republican states are on the left in red, Democrats on the right in blue (I know, I got this backwards). States with split legislatures (Upper and Lower Houses have majorities from opposite parties) are in the middle (purple)
- The higher up, the worse the deficit.
- There is also a summary table below
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