It’s amusing to watch television commercials from the state of New York trying to sell the rest of the country on the benefits of moving into or starting a business in the Empire State. The state is offering deals including no taxes for ten years to those who would open a company in New York.
At the same time, current residents are running away in droves because of the extremely high taxes. This begs the question, how can state officials offer tax breaks to one group of people and not to others.
Giving tax arbitrary breaks to one faction of the population is horrible. For whatever reason, the local state government determined the residents would have to pay taxes, which many would deem too costly or unnecessary. And for the most part, the citizens have no voice or control over what is happening to them. Can you say, Boston Tea Party?
By the time a New York citizen pays all of the federal, state, and local taxes, less than half their paycheck remains. Of the remaining, much of that goes to heating the house through the winter. Between taxes and power, not much remains on which to live. So, it’s no real surprise that many locals are running away as fast as they can.
New York isn’t the only region of the country alarmingly bleeding taxpayers. Illinois and California are also experiencing a phenomenal rate of departing residents. According to IRS tracking of taxpayers, Florida is permanently gaining a bit over 130,000 new residents per year. The liberals would have you believe those are the retirees following the sun to the Sunshine State. Not so, only 46 percent of the new arrivals are over the age of 55. The other 70,000 fall in the 26 to 35 age group.
Problems facing Californians include skyrocketing local taxes, unchecked illegal immigration, and overpriced real estate. An interesting comment by a recently departed longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area was that even professionals with high wages could no longer afford proper housing.
She then went on to point out the problems of unchecked immigrant growth and crime, explicitly referring to the Kate Steinle murder. It is very evident the state’s leadership is not concerned with keeping the average citizen safe. So, after having lived in the Bay Area for more than 35 years, she quit her job, packed up, and headed back to her original home of Tennessee.
You would think these states, all of which regard themselves as “sanctuary states,” would do something to protect and retain their residents. But they don’t. In addition to the states losing their residents at an appalling rate being sanctuary havens for criminals, there is one other common denominator among them. Can’t figure it out?
They have all been lead by Democrats for many decades, which says it all about the party in a nutshell.