More Bad News for New York State

A recent Marist College poll said that a whopping 36% of people under 30 are planning to leave New York state, primarily because of its faltering economy.


Just think. New York! The wonderful home of New York City, the most awesome metropolis in the world! Broadway! Times Square!  Where young people flock for the opportunity to be part of the rarefied life there! “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere!” goes the Sinatra song.  For decades, the mantra was: What fool would not want to be part of the city of the highly exalted New York Times?


Well, as manifested by the ever-shrinking and increasingly sophomoric and unreliable Times itself, 36% now want simply to leave. And this poll is nothing new. This decline in the New York state population has been going on for a long time.  In the last ten years, 1.7 million residents have left, and the state has lost 400,000 jobs.


The reason?


Because it was rich. Period. End of story.




Yes, like California was, and like Michigan was, New York once was one of the richest places on earth. And then the liberals slowly took over political power since the end of World War II, plundered it and ruined its economy with a massive welfare state and steep taxes on everyone, especially rich wealth-creators and investors. New York has the highest taxes in America on most fronts. The Tax Foundation ranks New York 50th for economic development based on its business taxes. One Democrat even recently proposed a $25 state fee to… register bicycles!


So now that the adults have no cash, you got after the kids.


And again, this is classic socialism. Grab every dollar. Smash the piggy banks.


In addition, Democrat state attorneys general in New York like Andrew Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer have conducted a vicious War on Wall Street, targeting wealthy stock-market and investment-banking figures in New York City in a witch hunt of intimidation. Most of the targets were cleared. But this climate of hostility has led to an exodus by wealthy people from New York city and state, many going to Florida which has no state income tax.


When conservative radio talk-show king Rush Limbaugh, a Florida resident, sold his apartment in New York City in protest of high taxes, the Democrat governor David Paterson bid Limbaugh a very public good riddance. This is the type of bald-faced Democrat arrogance that is killing the state.


Today as governor, Cuomo has changed his tune, refusing to increase taxes on wealthy New Yorkers to solve the state’s budget problems. Because he understands the handwriting on the wall. And he wants to be president of the United States someday.


Impoverished New Yorkers, however, are staying put, growing proportionately in number, and drawing the state treasury dry with demands for more and more services, schools,  health care and other handouts.


And this entire demographic shift all is a formula for disaster.


So how about the millions of “rich Republican businessmen” in New York? Can’t they do something?


If only it were so. First, the term “rich Republican” in New York today is an oxymoron. There are fewer and fewer of them. The overwhelming majority of rich people in New York state and city today are Democrats, many of them far-left extremists.


And second, the Republican party in New York state gave birth to the term “Rockefeller Republican”, i.e., for the last 100 years it has been full of very liberal East Coast establishment Republicans.


And so New York state for decades has had a radical leftist Democrat party centered in New York City – which is about 40% the state’s population. And it has had a centrist Republican party. And so the state has been pulled farther and farther to the left with no conservative brake on the Democrats. Moderate Republican governors like George Pataki had little effect.


Said the Marist poll:


‘A sizeable proportion of New Yorkers, including more than one-third of those under age 30, may soon be sending out change of address notifications, but those new homes will not be in New York State.  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, 26% of adults in New York State plan to move someplace else in the next five years while 67% say they will stay.  Just 6% are unsure.  Similar proportions of registered voters statewide share this view.


The picture is even bleaker when looking at the state’s youngest residents.  36% of New Yorkers under 30 years old report they will pack their bags and move to another state.


…”New Yorkers are feeling the financial squeeze on the home front.  Right now, many young people do not see their future in New York State,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “Unchecked, this threatens to drain the state of the next generation.”


…Regionally, about one-third — 33% — of those in the suburbs of New York City, 26% of those upstate, and 24% of New York City residents report they will make their exit.’ (end of exit)


The primary reason for leaving varies with region, but generally it is economic. People are flowing out of urban/suburban New York because of an ever-softening economy, while people are leaving the more rural and small-town parts of upstate because of economies that are being repetitively thwarted by radical no-growth/anti-growth environmental groups.


In addition, the cost of everything including housing is very expensive in New York state, particularly in and around the city and its suburbs. One reason is because the state is heavily taxed (the statewide sales tax alone is 8.25% and property taxes are among the highest in the nation) and those taxes pass through to homeowners and businesses in many ways.


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