Kirsters Baish| While you may not be surprised to hear this news, it’s extremely important to Trump’s presidency. Three of the most Democratic states in America are rapidly losing residents, so much so that hundreds of thousands of people have fled them already.
Crime and taxes have increased notably in predominantly “blue” states. Many residents are leaving these states in order to go to “red” states where there are more individual freedoms.
New York, California, and Illinois have all fallen to the rule of the Democrats over the years, leaving them as “blue” states. Each of the three states have been suffering from the economic and social policies of the Left.
Silence Is Consent reported:
The exodus is so extreme that other states are actively working to attract the “American refugees.” When he was Texas governor, Rick Perry would take several trips to California to woo big business away. It worked – a number of companies relocated, and Texas is now one of the nation’s leaders in business growth.
The exodus could also change the political landscape. A major shift in population could change where the seats in the House of Representatives come from. “Blue” states in the northeast could see some of their seats (which are assigned according to the latest census figures) go to the south and to middle America in years to come.
These three Democratic “blue” states have lost hundreds of thousands of residents between 2016 and 2017. Crime rates and high taxes have pushed residents beyond their breaking points. This has left residents seeking refuge in safer states with more personal freedoms. In New York, the exodus of residents was the most pronounced. According to United States Census Bureau data which was released recently, they saw roughly 190,000 people flee the state between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017. It only took a year for 190,000 people to make their way out of the “blue” state.
Will Racke of the Daily Caller reported that the domestic out-migration of New York state during this same time period was around the same as it was between 2015 and 2016. The state’s outflow of roughly 1 million residents has vastly exceeded that of any other state since 2010.
Between pension crises and twin budget crises along with the tax base eroding, Illinois has lost a huge number of residents as well. The state has gone from the fifth to the sixth most populated state in the year 2017. Pennsylvania took over the number five spot.
Just shy of 115,000 residents from Illinois have left the state between July of 2016 and July of 2017. The state has lost roughly 650,000 residents since the year 2010. This number is around the same amount of people combined from the state’s four biggest cities other than Chicago.
The domestic out-migration of the state of Illinois has become a big issue for lawmakers. They are now stuck figuring out a way to solve the worst pension crisis that the state has ever seen since the tax base is shrinking significantly every single year. The Democratic legislature of Illinois has tried time and time again to mend the situation with big tax hikes. This has forced even more residents out for good. The state saw a loss of roughly 33,000 residents in 2016 alone. This was the fourth year in a row that the numbers were on a steady decline.
The Daily Caller reported:
California was the third deep blue state to experience significant domestic out-migration between July 2016 and July 2017, and it couldn’t blame the outflow on retirees searching for a more agreeable climate. About 138,000 residents left the state during that time period, second only to New York.
Going forward, one factor that could worsen domestic out-migration from New York, California and Illinois is the newly-enacted tax reform bill, which caps state and local tax (SALT) deductions at $10,000. The limit on SALT deduction is poised to hit taxpayers harder in those states than it will in just about any other.
According to the Tax Foundation, New York, Illinois and California had three of the five highest tax rates expressed as a percentage of per capita income, with residents paying 12.7 percent, 11 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
These “blue” states are going to have a lot of work to do if they want to bring their population numbers back up. Their Democratic agendas clearly aren’t working, so maybe it’s time to try something new.