In the debate concerning the future of the ‘United’ States Of America, a growing number of democrat-controlled states have moved so far left, co-mingling Marxism with social justice activism, that they no longer have anything in common with most traditional Americans.
Following the disastrous resignation of former Governor Andrew Cuomo, Kathy Hochul took over the reins of the Empire State promising to unite fellow New Yorkers.
But her true colors came out following her victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. She is running for re-election in the November mid-terms and in a vile rant told a group of supporters that anyone who rejects her radical agenda just needs to leave the state.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, told the state’s Republicans — all 5.4 million of them: “Just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong, OK?” she said. “You are not New Yorkers.”
New Yorkers already know it’s inhospitable here; even before the governor’s latest angry outburst, nearly 45,000 New Yorkers have already moved to the Sunshine State between 2019 and 2020.
Her hypocritical, political partisanship and intolerance traits are similar to what you see with California Governor Gavin Newsome, the arrogant leader of another far-left declining state.
Her shocking request for a huge number of higher-earning families to leave, taking their tax base with them, is fiscally irresponsible, and could further move the state towards an eventual depression.
The state’s massive public union sector is heavily reliant on personal income taxes paid by residents, with nearly $14 billion in projected budget gaps over the next five years. In reality, it can’t afford to lose another 5.4 million of them.
The Empire State has already lost 1.5 million residents in the past decade. More than 350,000 New Yorkers escaped from the declining and increasingly dangerous city during the first full year of the pandemic.
New York City residents pay the highest combined state and local personal income tax rate in the nation.
Those high taxes and other factors have led to a mass exodus of jobs and job creators.
Two-plus years of pandemic-induced remote work have only accelerated the trend of New Yorkers seeking better and/or cheaper opportunities elsewhere.
Polling has shown high taxes are the primary reason New Yorkers are considering or making plans to bolt the state — and that’s the case across key subgroups: Democrats, Republicans, liberals, moderates, conservatives, all income groups, all age cohorts beyond age 24 and almost all education levels.
The question is if Hochel is successful in driving away millions of more people, who is going to cover the drop in the tax base.
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