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Mike Albin April 1 2000 State and Local Government Dr Arnold State of the State In this paper we are asked to read the text by Dr Paul Brace State Government Economic Performance from that we are to decide as if we were the governor of the state of Kansas which economic development strategy would be best for Kansas Out of the four choices we were given Arizona Texas Michigan New York I have chosen to argue for the example of Michigan Before I go into great detail of the particular example I have chosen let me give you a brief description of the governmental economic strategies of each state Arizona Arizonas economy started out with great funding from the government and also from its abundance of natural resources With the growing number of people moving to the new hot bed of economy Arizona officials began to take more of a Laissez Faire approach to government With WWI and eventually WWII Arizona received several governmental contracts to build ships planes and new military bases due to Arizonas natural closeness to the pacific campaign Not long after that Arizonas economy started record numbers of economic increase due vastly to the tax breaks and other incentives used to bring big business to the area Large manufacturing technology and automobile companies looked to relocate to the booming state This change in opportunities left the natural resources industry in Arizona a distant memory of importance With big business booming who needed the small time industry that carried them from its creation to where they were just after WWI On top of that governmental procedure had to go along with this change After all with every action there is a equal and just as great reaction that occurs With the hands off approach the government had implemented there were also cut backs Lower spending on education being the biggest one If they cut taxes were are
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