Here's two myths that you probably believe if you read the local papers. The first myth is that Arizona's economic growth for the past decade has been a mirage. Sure our economy grew faster than the rest of the country in the first part of this century, but those were bubble jobs based on an inflated real estate market. Now that the bubble has burst--yet again--we get to see what our real economy is like, and the view isn't pretty.
The second myth is that Arizona sucks so bad that employers don't want to come here. If just read the papers, you would think that we are 48th in all the things that make life wonderful etc. However, it's hard to raise a family if you don't have a job, so here's a statistic that really counts.
The runners-up to Texas in private-sector growth were Arizona and Utah, which added 90,200 and 90,000 jobs respectively, during the decade from 2001 to 2011.
Notice the years? How many construction jobs to you think are in that statistic? Not a lot. Even factoring in the job losses that have resulted from Arizona being at the bottom of the construction cycle, Arizona's job creation is number 2 in the nation.
Which states had the biggest losses? The high-tax blue states. So the next time that someone from the Republic or the Morrison institute claims that we can grow the economy by raising taxes in order to increase school funding, ask them about California, Massachusetts and New York.