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Tax Refugees Staging Escape From New York

New Yorkers are fleeing the state and city in alarming numbers — and costing a fortune in lost tax dollars, a new study shows.

More than 1.5 million state residents left for other parts of the United States from 2000 to 2008, according to the report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy. It was the biggest out-of-state migration in the country.

The vast majority of the migrants, 1.1 million, were former residents of New York City — meaning one out of seven city taxpayers moved out.

“The Empire State is being drained of an invaluable resource — people,” the report said.

It all adds up to staggering loss in taxable income. During 2006-2007, the “migration flow” out of New York to other states amounted to a loss of $4.3 billion.

The center, part of the Manhattan Institute, blames the state’s high cost of living and high taxes.

(Source: NY Post)

8 Responses

  1. Ex-New Yorkers have been saying it for decades: “New York is a good place to be from.” I’m still saying it fifty years after my escape.

  2. If taxes were the primary factor, there would be massive migration to places that are very close but with lower taxes, but that isn’t the case. Perhaps the reason is a stagnant economy due to an failed industrial policy and reliance on the late financial services industry.

  3. akuperma, maybe the economy failed because of Obama’s tax policies.

    But, then again, I feel like that I am talking to six akupermas. Which one are you; Volda Alperts, Milagros Rivera, A.C.O.R.N. office of Baltimore, MD, or Brooklyn, NY, or Chicago, IL…….

  4. New York is squeezing the blood out of us. Rising real estate taxes, water/sewer taxes, parking tickets for no good reason, sanitation tickets for no good reason, and it goes on and on and on. Most Jews feel they “need” NY for the shuls, Yeshivas, kosher food access, etc.
    I would urge anyone that possibly can to strongly consider aliyah. Aside from the numerous spiritual advantages (despite the horrible chiloni government) you will pay LESS to send 4 kids to yeshiva in Israel, than what you pay here for ONE! Don’t believe me? – Look into it! – And… Why goyim stay in New York is totally incomprehensible to me, when in many other states you can get bigger, more beautiful homes on HUGE plots of land for a third or a quarter of the price it costs here.

  5. charliehall – welcome back.
    Are you saying you are a left winger? = Anti Semite, Pro toeiva, Pro Tax, Pro Socialist, Pro Dictators, Pro Muslim Terrorism, Anti the word Terrorism, and worst but not least pro Obama. R”L

  6. IsraeliYid #8 – i will not argue with your numbers, but the bottom line is, you WILL have to forego some American luxuries (and people will realize, when they see how well they can get along without them, that things they thought in the states were necessities, really ARE luxuries) but you CAN make it, and have an OVERALL much better life for yourself and future for your children. AND- to all the people who will talk about the lack of a frum environment, lack of tzniyus, etc. that they saw on Ben Yehuda, or Dizengoff, – there are a multitude of frum neighborhoods and frum towns where your children can group up in a beautiful Torah atmosphere, and where what they learned in Tana”ch happened just down the road or over the next hill from where they live.

  7. charliehall (#7, #11):

    Is it pro Torah to paint the whole Jewish community with one negative brush?

    It’s one thing to criticize for the sake of improvement. We Jews are very good at that. In fact we’re practically the only ones who do it.

    Do you really think that a greater % of Frum Jews are dishonest than the general population? Look at the prison numbers? How many crimes are done by others that are not prosecuted?

    For someone who is coming to defend the truth, please speak the truth. It’s time for people to recognize that Torah observant Jews are better. If you want documentation, you can find some in Rabbi Avigdor Miller ztz”l’s books. Who are the most honest people in the world? Not Frum Jews? It is incredible. People who call names have a guilty conscience (I don’t mean you, charliehall, I mean your sources).

    For example, the Arabs say that the IDF committed civilian atrocities. This is beyond belief. But this has been going on for years: people who call names have a guilty conscience. Hitler’s propaganda accused the Jews of being the most evil nation on earth. (Hint: One of the most evil was in his mirror).

    There are too many examples to mention here.

    A great reason why you see “news” reporting “so many” Jews sadly engaged in questionable business practices is because it is news. When Obama’s people (who you seem to like) do dishonest things it’s almost not news. It’s what else is new. When a Frum Jew does some thing wrong — boy they are all over him. It makes “front-page” news. Why is it news? Don’t all Frum Jews steal?

    In fact, there is a whole book documenting some of the corruption in your favorite administration (“Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team…”). Where are all the front page news articles? The answer (in part) is that it’s not newsworthy. What else do you expect from a Liberal?

    Where were all the news articles documenting how so many tens of Rabbonim turned down the Moser’s offers? Compare that with the number of politicians who turned him down. (Very few).

    Thank you.

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