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People aren’t leaving because of New York taxes

People aren’t leaving because of New York taxes

Reasons cited for residents' exodus are wrong
People aren’t leaving because of New York taxes
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gives his 2018-19 budget address last week in Albany.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

In its editorial of Jan. 17, The Gazette Editorial Board once again joins the free market extremist chorus by claiming that the exodus of 190,000 New Yorkers in 2017 is due to the state’s “high” taxes and anti-business climate. These claims aren’t backed by any evidence. 

According to the National Movers Study, residents give four main reasons for moving out of state: To quote the study, “One in four say they’re leaving New York because of retirement, 5 percent cite health reasons and 18 percent cite lifestyle changes. Almost half say they leave for jobs, but more — 59 percent of inbound customers — say they move to New York for jobs. The largest age group of people who left New York were between the ages of 55 and 64, followed by those 65 and older.” Despite the large number leaving the state, there was a net gain of 104,000 in population in 2017.

In New York City, there was an unprecedented 4.4 percent population growth between 2010 and 2016 according to U.S. Census data.

The city hasn’t witnessed such an equivalent growth in population in half a century. This growth is primarily due to more births than deaths and immigration.

So where are they going? According to Politifact, using U.S. Census estimates, “Almost 70,000 New York state residents moved to the Sunshine State in 2015.

The second-most popular destination was New Jersey, which gained about 50,000 people from New York state. California ranked third with almost 37,000 people from New York.”

Does The Gazette Editorial Board really think people are migrating to New Jersey and California to escape high taxes and government waste?

The only reasonable conclusion one can draw is that The Gazette Editorial Board is committed to an extreme free market ideology regardless of the facts. Rather than broad attacks on the state government and public service, the board should do its homework and provide fact-based editorials that inform readers on important policy issues.

Jonathan Rosen

Schenectady

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