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GOV’S ‘Disappear’ LUNACY Hochul’s call for 5.4M Republicans to leave New York is risky and nauseating

GOV'S 'Disappear' LUNACY Hochul's call for 5.4M Republicans to leave New York is risky and nauseating

GOV’S ‘Disappear’ LUNACY Hochul’s call for 5.4M Republicans to leave New York is risky and nauseating

Gov. Kathy Hochul, who hasn’t demonstrated modest about giving requests, had one for the state’s Republicans this week — all 5.4 million of them:

“Simply hop on a transport and make a beeline for Florida where you should be, OK?”

she said.

“You are not New Yorkers.”

On the off chance that you can move past the honestly sickening political partisanship and bigotry, her message is financially flippant, even perilous. The lead representative presumably definitely realizes this, however the state’s broad public area is vigorously dependent on private personal expenses paid by occupants, and with almost $14 billion in projected spending plan holes throughout the following five years, it can’t stand to lose any citizens, not to mention 5.4 million of them.

The Empire State has proactively lost 1.5 million occupants in the previous 10 years, and there’s no indication of that pattern easing up. As a matter of fact, in excess of 350,000 New Yorkers moved during the 12 pandemic-tormented months paving the way to July 1, 2021.

Kathy Hochul said Republicans should move down to Florida.
Kathy Hochul said Republicans should move down to Florida.
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In her attempt to be snappy, Hochul exposed a major problem that has gripped our state since the dawn of the Cuomo-Hochul era: New Yorkers are leaving, and they’re taking their tax dollars with them.

Hochul should be doing everything she can to encourage people to come to New York, not to leave. But she’s hasn’t. And her record $220 billion budget suggests she has no interest in ever letting taxpayers off a heavy hook.

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. The Big Apple has yet to recover its pre-pandemic employment levels — coming in roughly 300,000 jobs below the February 2020 mark as of July. Two-plus years of pandemic-induced remote work have only accelerated the trend of New Yorkers seeking better and/or cheaper opportunities elsewhere.

A more cynical person might think this has been the strategy all along: Make it uncomfortable for your political foes in New York and they’ll leave. But it’s not just Republicans leaving — despite the governor’s command. New Yorkers from across the political spectrum are united by, and running from, a common enemy: the taxman.

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.

New York has 5.4 million Republicans.
Zeldin has bashed Hochul throughout his campaign for governor, specifically calling her out on New York’s crime and economic issues.
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Adding insult to injury, recent IRS data reveal that the average income of Empire State out-migrants topped $100,000 in 2020. This is bad for New York’s bottom line, especially as state spending and deficits continue to increase.

Can the governor afford to so casually chase away 5.4 million taxpayers in such volatile economic times?

Hochul should worry less about her political opponents and more about what happens to this state as a significant portion of the tax base continues to leave. New Yorkers already know it’s inhospitable here; even before the governor’s latest order, New Yorkers were picking Florida — nearly 45,000 of them moved to the Sunshine State between 2019 and 2020.

As the governor reflects on her first full year in office — and makes a bid to get her first full term — she’d be wise to turn her focus from divisive politics to keeping every existing New Yorker in the state, welcoming millions of expatriates back and finding ways to encourage more people to come here. This has to be the primary goal of the chief executive if New York has any chance of reclaiming its former glory and avoiding fiscal ruin.

It’s time to put partisanship aside for the good of the state and its residents. Those who still live here are all New Yorkers — even the ones the governor disagrees with.

The Empire State has already lost 1.5 million residents in the past decade
The Empire State has already lost 1.5 million residents in the past decade.
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New York City residents pay the highest combined state and local personal income tax rate in the nation as movers carry boxes to a truck in Aug. 2020.
New York City residents pay the highest combined state and local personal income tax rate in the nation as movers carry boxes to a truck in Aug. 2020.
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