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.
Conservative fiscal policy, coupled with the missteps of rival states, helped bolster the Connecticut economy throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. New York State’s top income-tax rate surged into the double-digits around 1960, and an extra city-level tax was imposed in 1966. New York’s combined top state and city gross income-tax rate reached a peak of 19.7 percent in 1976. By contrast, Connecticut’s gross income-tax rate was zero, and would remain so until the early 1990s. During New York’s fiscal crisis, debates about the city’s future often invoked fears of residents and businesses fleeing to Connecticut, where taxes were lower and services widely considered superior.
This lovely Yankee state, "The Land of Steady Habits," is broke. It is still a wealthy state, thanks to Fairfield County's proximity to NYC, but the rest of the state is on a downhill slope. The prosperous cities are a distant memory. The government is now mainly ruled by the unions which drove manufacturing away. Currently, the tax structure is driving wealthy residents away. Six months + one day gets you Florida residency, so you can summer in CT with your friends.
Although with the recent election of Doug Ford to the provincial conservative party and a general provincial election in a few months, there may be hope to fix the more egregious liberal policies from the last decade.
He's very Trump like. His brother was mayor of Toronto a few years ago. Some scandal regarding his crack smoking but generally considered a great mayor.
I've lived in New England for over 30 years and Connecticut for the last 10. As a family, we've felt more at home here after one year than after two decades in Massachusetts (hey, it takes a few generations to be accepted), Connecticut is a lovely state: I enjoy its topography, landscape, and location. Nevertheless, we'll be leaving immediately after the next change of employment status due to corrupt politicians and punitive taxes.
Yes, and that 6 months plus one day means they come to Florida and vote like Yankees--thus eventually dooming Florida (my home state) to the same fate as where they fled from. I now claim Virginia as home, and the same problem is starting to exist--unless we can give Northern Virginia to Maryland we're screwed eventually too.
Don't forget the New Yorkers moving here(Florida) bringing their stupid Lefty policies with them and never connecting the dots between who they elect and the results. Fortunately we still have some Republicans left but last week they gave in to the mob on the new gun law. Now your lefty neighbor can complain to have your firearms taken.
All you Easterners who continue to stay in some part of the Blue State East crack me up!
As Horace Greeley said "GO WEST!" Lots of Red States would love to have you and then you'd miss out on that crappy humidity and summer surfeit of too numerous and weird insect infestations or union goons!
Been out here in the West most of my life (folks were from CT, 12 generations worth) and haven't been stung by wasps or bitten by a Noseeum yet!
You'll likely initially miss the "Green Hell" of too many trees; but you'll easily adapt to wide open vistas where you can see for miles.
I lived in New Hampshire for a year back in 1994-95. Since then the refugees from Taxachusetts have turn NH blue, or at least purple.
I went back to California in 1995 but have now escaped to Arizona. The first thing I did after arriving was to change the license plates on both cars. There is no greater cop magnet in AZ than a CA license plate.
It's sad to see the state of my birth turn into such a financial basket case. My parents were forced to leave a home that had been in our family for over 65 years because the income tax and property tax increases were eating away at their retirement savings at an alarming rate. They ended up moving up to New Hampshire (just across town from me) and felt relieved. They were sad that they were forced to leave a place the loved, but it wasn't financially viable for them to remain.
New Hampshire is purple, trending a bit towards red again (maybe). The state legislature is a GOP majority, as is the governor (some are merely RINOs). Most of the towns and some of the cities are very conservative in their spending.
What is a bit of a paradox is that NH's congressional delegation are all Democrats (and all women, including two former governors). However that may be changing after this upcoming election cycle.