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.
Nice! Let's try this out. I'll work like a dog. Make a lot of money. Give it to to the government. The smart folks there (and they must be smarter than all of us) know what's best for us and they can take my money and give it to the folks who don't want to work, can't work, have a story about why they should not work or just need some supplemental income. Sounds like a great idea.
Remember what the folks in the Soviet Union used to say. The government pretends to pay us and we pretend to work.
What a surprise that people are leaving the states with the highest taxes and the most regulation.
The trick is to live and work in Vancouver WA and shop in Portland. There are many big box stores right at the border. Oregon conveniently looks the other way...
Houses are cheaper in the 'Couv' too. Too bad my wife insists on living in the city. Both of us got enough suburban living as teenagers.
Keep 'em coming I say, keeps my home value up, and we could use some, uh, more fiscally aware neighbors. The socialists here never met a tax they didn't like or a judge that wouldn't throw out the will of the people come referendum time. Seems like folks running from even higher taxes might vote smarter in the long run.
Larry, I don't know about Nebraska, but remember this is a snapshot. NH has no sales or income tax and has had a net gain of internal migration for several decades. That seems to have slowed to a halt at present, so it doesn't show on this map.
Job availability and housing prices are the direct draw for an area, not tax environment. But taxes, of course, influence the other two quite strongly.
Assistant Village Idiot
I believe a large part of the Oregon influx is from California. However, even though the tax burden in Oregon is higher than the avg. state it is still less than California's so they gain a little.
If, any of you folks here are still uncertain about your thoughts on the immigration issue. May I suggest you spend your summer vacation in So. California this year? You might come to understand that SO. Calif is no longer a part of the U.S. People are leaving in herds, because of the masses of illegal immigrants (increased gangs, reduced quality of life in every neighborhood, increased health issues, and a decreased ability to deal with the same problems). No.Dakota has a small population with few jobs. Have you been to Detroit lately? It is an empty shell of a city in near collapse. It's not about taxes--it is about jobs, education, and a determination to maintain the highest standard of living in the world. That determination was removed from our little narrative back with J. Carter. In order to maintain that standard we must close down the border to the south--quickly. Masses of people are moving away from the border for a reason. Once you steal land, there is no one gonna tell you how to run your polic, or your system of law.
We have another important facet to this problem: weather, and environment. The vast majority of people are looking for a place in the sun! At the same time they are looking for a "pretty place". Pretty places are an attractor. Oregon, WA MT, ID, and such offer great beauty--those with jobs (OR, and WA) attract more than those places without jobs.