However, there's a weak relationship between economic growth and inclusion. Emily Badger of the Washington Post writes that areas with speedy growth haven't cleaned up the poor and working class. Although poverty has declined in some cities, there still isn't much growth in the economy. While politicians argue that growing the economy is essential, many of the working class and minorities have been left behind economically.
"Take Austin: Among the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country, it ranks 2nd in the nation on Brookings' combined measure of economic growth. On "inclusion" — which reflects improvements in relative poverty, median wages and employment — it ranks 60th."