Californians moved out. New Yorker’s left too. Texas, Idaho, Arizona and Utah grew. Population moved out from the high tax states into the low tax states. Yogi Berra would say “People don’t go there no more. Taxes are too high.” Economists have a term for it; it’s called ‘rational expectations’.

Michael Barone:

[G]rowth tends to be stronger where taxes are lower. Seven of the nine states that do not levy an income tax grew faster than the national average. The other two, South Dakota and New Hampshire, had the fastest growth in their regions, the Midwest and New England.

Altogether, 35 percent of the nation’s total population growth occurred in these nine non-taxing states, which accounted for just 19 percent of total population at the beginning of the decade.

Conservatives say “Of course.” Democrats are puzzled. Benefits are more liberal in California and New York than in Texas or Idaho. Texas is flat, Idaho is cold, why do they move to such places? (There is no need to answer, they aren’t listening).

Read more in the Washington Examiner.


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