Everybody knows that the only way to balance a budget is to destroy unions. In state after state, governors have put forward good conservative plans to balance the budget by getting rid of unions.
Yet somehow, this graph shows that there is no relationship between union membership and state deficits. The fit line is essentially flat, and with no significant correlation (p=0.21).
Since good conservative common sense tells us that unions should sap money from government, there is only one explanation: these state deficits must have a liberal bias!!
source: data from CBPP and BLS, graph by John Sides