We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
New York State: Enemy of jobs and business. Only a fool would try to start a biz in NYS nowadays. NYC itself is another matter: Huge taxes, but large potential rewards simply because there are so many busy people there enjoying the place.
NYC is the tail that wags the dog of NYS. NYS would be as pitiful without NYC as CT would be without Fairfield County. They would be like Maine, economically.