Friends in blue states share with me tales of woe.  Junk bond status for municipal borrowing and one place where I worked for 15 years may entirely dissolve a city.

A think tank guy once shared cranes are a sign of a healthy economy.

This morning, a friend from Delaware explained his state is considering forming new agencies with big staffs while staring at a massive budget shortfall.

In Idaho, things are quite a bit rosier.  Population growth is at least twice the national average.  I’ve seen construction cranes in Twin Falls in recent weeks.  A think tank guy once shared cranes are a sign of a healthy economy.

Why is Idaho booming?  Check out Betsy Russell’s Eye on Boise.  We may live in the reddest state in the union.  Coincidence?