Jobs and the economy were a central focus of the 2016 election, with candidates from the top to bottom of the ticket outlining how they’ll bring more jobs back to struggling communities. Nowhere was that more obvious than in the 12 gubernatorial races decided last month.
Almost every 2016 candidate for governor prominently highlighted plans for cutting regulations and creating jobs. One candidate running in Montana even created a cowboy-themed “Regulation Roundup” site that encouraged voters to submit government regulations that are hurting their business or ability to find work.
This wasn’t surprising given the public’s anxiety over the sluggish economic recovery. Since 2007, the country saw a steady increase in the number of families who receive at least half of their household income from means-tested welfare programs. Today, more than 5 percent of all U.S. citizens, roughly 16.3 million people, are totally dependent on welfare – the highest this figure has been since 1993.