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The State of Florida is a Thorn in the Side of NY Governor Hochul

It is funny sometimes to see how riled-up Democrats get over Ron Desantis and the state he governs. I mean, disproportionately triggered. Kathy Hochul, New York’s Angry governor, is no exception. 

This past week, the charming governor of New York told all 5.4 million Republicans to leave her state. That’s right. And what’s even more laughable is that she told them to head to Florida.

“Just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong, OK?” she said. “You are not New Yorkers.” Wow. Can you say authoritarian?

Honestly, if you can move past the tiring political partisanship and intolerance of New York State’s lawmakers, her message is quite fiscally irresponsible and even dangerous. If the governor is not already aware of this (and she might not be if she can’t see beyond the nose on her partisan face), the state’s extensive public sector relies heavily on personal income taxes that residents pay, and with nearly $14 billion in projected budget gaps over the next five years, the state certainly cannot afford to lose any taxpayers, let alone close to 6 million of them.

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In the past decade alone, New York State lost 1.5 million residents, and all indications point toward this trend continuing with no end in sight. In fact, during the 12-month pandemic nightmare, while New York stayed shut longer than was necessary, more than 350,000 New Yorkers relocated, and many of them fled to the Sunshine State. It is time for  New York’s governor to get over it. More than 350,000 New Yorkers relocated during the 12 pandemic-plagued months leading up to July 1, 2021.

In her feeble attempt to be forthright and downright insolent, Hochul brought a significant problem to light that has plagued the state of New York since Cuomo and Hochul took office, and that is, New Yorkers are leaving in droves, and they’re taking their tax dollars with them. This is a bigger problem than the governor would like to admit. 

New York City residents pay the country’s highest state and local personal income tax rate. These high taxes that go up yearly and other unsavory factors have led to one mass exodus after another of jobs and businesses. The city of New York still hasn’t recovered from pre-pandemic employment levels — coming in roughly 300,000 jobs below the February 2020 mark as of July. Over two years of remote work due to the pandemic has only added fuel to the fire, with New Yorkers having had enough and leaving the city to rot while they seek out greener pastures elsewhere, mainly in Florida. And it isn’t just Republicans fleeing the state to escape tyranny; Democrats are leaving in equal numbers as well, and this is primarily due to taxes, taxes, and more taxes. In recent polls, taxation was the number one reason New Yorkers either left the state or made plans to do so. 

Clearly, the governor cannot afford to be chasing taxpayers away when the state of New York is in financial disarray. Kathy Hochul should worry less about her political opponents like Lee Zeldin and telling Republicans to leave her state and more about what she plans to do to fix the crumbling financial infrastructure of the state she should be governing.