How Wisconsin has Become More Southern

Published on November 21, 2015 – WBAY-TV ABC Green Bay 

Although Wisconsin may be far away in distance from the Mason-Dixon line, Wisconsin’s overall political culture has become more in alignment with that of Southern states, according to University of Wisconsin political science professor David Canon.

“We are certainly becoming more Southern,” Cannon tells Action 2 News.

According to Canon, over the past few years, laws that have been adopted by the Wisconsin legislature are more in sync with Southern states.

“Wisconsin is closer to Alabama and Mississippi than Minnesota and Massachusetts,” he said.

Citing right to work laws, gun laws, Act 10, rejecting Medicaid expansion, declining support for public education, less environmental regulation, and changes in campaign finance laws, Cannon says Wisconsin is definitely more Southern in terms of policy.

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