CA, NJ, NY, Are Experiencing Unprecedented Mass Exodus
The people have had enough draconian policies and heavy taxation. At least according to the latest Census data.
The Census Bureau has released its latest state population data charts and its bad news for tax heavy states. The latest data shows that populations are shrinking in states that have heavy-handed tax policies in place. In other words, people are migrating from tax heavy states into more tax-friendly states.
The Cato study used 2016 IRS data to measure the extent of the migration. It confirms that people are fleeing states such as Connecticut, California, New York, New Jersy, and Illinois. Where are they moving to? To tax friendlier states such as Florida, Nevada, Idaho, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
The below chart breaks down just how drastic the taxation migration is. In the chart, blue dots represent states. The vertical line represents the Census net interstate migration figure via a percent of 2017 population per state. The horizontal line shows state household taxes as a percent of 2015 personal income.
What’s it mean?
Well, states with a high taxation rate, found on the right, have a net out-migration. This means more people are leaving these states than taking up new residences. The farthest right blue dot is New York, a state that taxes its people 13%. It’s losing the most people in this mass taxation migration.
The most influential number in the chart seems to be 8.5%. States with a taxation rate less than 8.5% are growing, while those with taxation rates north of 8.5% are shrinking.
Here’s a look at tax rates per state.
Mass Migration May Be Influenced By Various Policies
But the data might be slightly flawed. States with the heaviest taxation rates are typically states with numerous other draconian policies. For example, California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York all have restrictive gun laws in place. New Jersey, California, and New York are all moving towards restrictive mandatory vaccine laws. California passed the country’s most restrictive mandatory vaccine law just two years ago. Each state is ran by prominent and influential Democrats looking to implement socialist policies.
In California, a high-rent crisis has left many middle-class residents to sleep in their cars. In San Fransisco, residents report growing concerns over feces and “zombies” wandering BART stations. New Jersey recently banned state-sponsored travel to states that support the NRA.
Is the migration a result of taxation, or a blend of numerous Democratic policies? Most likely, the latter. If these states want to grow population, they’ll need to channel moderate positions from policymakers. The problem is, the Democratic party no longer supports or rewards candidates for moderate viewpoints.
Red States Are Turning Purple
The bigger issue is that the same people who vote in draconian policies and consequently flee them, vote for the same policies in their new states. “Red states” may turn blue over time. Remember, California was at one time a Republican ran state. Worse more, Republicans are no longer the party of lower taxes. They’ve taken advantage of extremist left positions that tend to conceal their own shift towards leftist tax policies.
It’s not unusual for business owners to donate to Democratic candidates in their home states while moving their businesses to tax-friendly states. The consequences of such hypocrisy may turn more devastating than we think.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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