Daniel DiSalvo joins Walter Russell Mead among others on New York Times's Room for Debate online to discuss what the shrinking of the public sector will mean for the economic prospects of African-Americans. From his piece:
More interesting is the fact that many young and talented blacks are fleeing the places where public employment has been expansive and government unions strong. College-educated blacks have been leading a "new great migration" from states like Michigan, Illinois and New York to the right-to-work states of the South.
People move for complex reasons, but part of the issue is that unionized government is correlated with higher taxes, less flexible government and policies that constrict private sector job growth. Judging by the evidence of blacks voting with their feet, better job opportunities appear to be found in places where government unions are limited, public administration more nimble and public policy less intrusive.