Can It Be That Taxes Have A Negative Impact On Population?

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Fancy that and who would have thunk it?  I’m not sure that state income taxes in and of “themselves” (unless extraordinarily high) have an impact on population exodus, but taxes  levied as a whole might have such an effect.  The Washington Examiner plunks down a story by Barbara Hollingsworth suggesting that income tax, with no mention of the overall tax bite, will have an impact on the 2010 census and the tax load will increase the decrease (sorry about the pun or whatever) for the future:

Migration from high-tax states to states with lower taxes and less government spending will dramatically alter the composition of future Congresses, according to a study by Americans for Tax Reform

Eight states are projected to gain at least one congressional seat under reapportionment following the 2010 Census: Texas (four seats), Florida (two seats), Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington (one seat each). Their average top state personal income tax rate: 2.8 percent.

By contrast, New York and Ohio are likely to lose two seats each, while Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will be down one apiece. The average top state personal income tax rate in these loser states: 6.05 percent.

But wait, there’s more.  More like compulsory union membership for the losing states and right-to-work for the population gainers:

And, as ATR notes, “in eight of ten losers, workers can be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. In 7 of the 8 gainers, workers are given a choice whether to join or contribute financially to a union.”

Imagine that: Americans are fleeing high tax, union-dominated states and settling in states with lower taxes, right-to-work laws and lower government spending. Nothing sends a message like voting with your feet.

There’s a small additional paragraph to read from the article if you click here and as always don’t forget to follow any links which might be found below.

Thanks and a flip of the lid to Ms. Hollingsworth and The Washington Examiner.

You Count — So Be Counted

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Well, we all count to our families, friends and associates.  We’re talking here about being counted as a resident of these United States and in particular, New Mexico and the Estancia Valley.  For those of you who may still wonder why it is important to be counted during the 2010 United States Census, here’s a few reasons:

  • Apportionment in Congress is population based, i.e., more people in State — more representation in Washington, DC
  • Redistricting occurs in each State every ten years and is population based
  • Federal Fund distributions are based on census results, i.e., 215 federal programs, 31% of all federal aid based on population and/or demographics (New Mexico receives an average of $1911 per person on average each year)

If you like to access data as a hobby or for another reason such as planning for the future the United States 2010 Census website has a wealth of information for the Nation, individual states and other government entities or areas.  You can go here for the homepage and head to other links to obtain a variety of information.

One interesting feature is titled the Take 10 Map.  It provides data on participation rates for the 2010 census.  The Take 10 pages are easy to use and you can start here.

For those who reside in the Town of Edgewood, go to the town website and see the Census 2010 widget to see Edgewood’s progress in mail submissions.

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