Red State Brain Drain

GOP’s Policy on Women

Guys, we predicted it and it looks like it is really happening:

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has prompted Democratic governors to pitch their states as better alternatives for business.

As a group of conservative states enacted severe abortion restrictions last year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois sent letters to a handful of corporate executives with close ties to Texas.

Mr. Pritzker, a Democrat, urged executives to rethink basing their companies in “a state that strips its residents of their dignity.” Most workers, he wrote, did not want to live under a rigid abortion ban.

Abortion is also about economics. I think most families would agree with that, but it seems novel to the bastards, er,C-Suite class:

There was no immediate response to his overture. Companies thriving in Texas’ freewheeling business environment were not about to flee because of legally contested abortion regulations that were not certain to be enforced.

Ten months later, the political and legal landscape is radically different. And a Supreme Court decision that abolished the right to an abortion is now threatening to reshape the lines of economic competition between conservative and liberal states.

And here’s the bit that The Skirts are gonna love to read:

In states like Texas and Georgia, Republican lawmakers are effectively wagering that the local business environment will remain appealing enough to overcome concerns about women’s rights. And to some conservative politicians, the risk of alienating business investment is a price worth paying to eradicate abortion.

And here is some back-up:

Gina Raimondo, the nation’s commerce secretary, said in an interview that the states imposing rigid abortion bans were all but certain to suffer economically…

Big companies are fighting a “war for talent,” Ms. Raimondo said, and particularly for female talent given that women make up a growing majority of new college graduates. A former governor of Rhode Island, Ms. Raimondo predicted that companies would find it difficult to recruit skilled workers in states where women’s rights and medical services were sharply curtailed.

There is data to back up that view: A survey published this month by the Pew Research Center found that more than 3 in 5 people with college and postgraduate degrees disapproved of the Supreme Court’s decision, along with nearly 70 percent of people under 30. Sixty-two percent of women disapproved of the decision, according to the survey.

As savvy readers, Scissorheads already know that there is a YUGE demand for all workers, college degree’ed especially (and that means women particularly as they are now the most enrolled in higher education), and if said workers don’t wanna work in Jeebusland, well, they will go somewhere more amenable.

Welcome to Blue States of America.

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8 Responses to Red State Brain Drain

  1. Jimmy T says:

    The lack of education and ultra conservative nature of the red states is precisely why they’re facing a brain drain. No decently educated worker would want to live in such an environment. It might have something to do with this…

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  2. roket says:

    “And to some conservative politicians, the risk of alienating business investment is a price worth paying to eradicate abortion.”

    It would be a complete waste of time to tell them that rising crime is also an unintended consequence of failing economies. In a region where everybody packs heat. Woe to the confederacy v2.0.

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    • beckymaenot says:

      No kidding roket- it’s one of the reasons the Mr and I are planning our exit strategy. He works for a global company headquartered in the South and we are counting the days to our retirement/escape. Current day count is 1200. He is currently looking for a new position at a new company located in a blue state. I can work anywhere- so, as soon as we can, we are selling up and getting the fuck out.

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      • Jimmy T says:

        Consider Oregon or Washington, not as crowded as California and not nearly so hot. Lotsa jobs and opportunities for global company employees in either location…

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      • tengrain says:

        Go Becky! And thank-you to Mr. Beckymaenot, too!

        Rgds,

        TG

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      • MDavis says:

        If you do look to WA or OR, I can recommend sticking to the parts east of the coast, west of the Cascade. Too far east and you run into the red side of the states. To far west – well the coast is beautiful but I do hope that the denizens have relaxed a little, cut back on the logging and got rid of their “Spotted Owl Recipe” bumper stickers.

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  3. R White says:

    As someone who unfortunately had to recently leave Chicago for Alabamistan due to my illness, I’ve tried to convey those same sentiments to family and friends only to be met with either blank stares or the “well, at least we don’t have out-of-control crime, high taxes, dead babies, blah, blah, blah…”

    There needs to be signage at every roadway entrance that explicitly states how those who enter, especially women, should forgo all hope since the greater populace is dead-set on creating their own version of a hellish gilead.

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    • tengrain says:

      R White –

      Alabamastan should be careful what they wish for.

      You certainly could become their Cassandra. I don’t know if there is any consolation in being right when everyone else is wrong, tho.

      Get well soon, please. We want you back!

      Rgds,

      TG

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