I’ve written favorably about the pro-growth policies of low-tax states such as Texas, Florida, and Tennessee, while criticizing the anti-growth policies of high-tax states such as Illinois, California, and New York.
Does that mean we should conclude that “red states” are better than “blue states”? In this video for Prager University, Steve Moore says the answer is yes.
The most persuasive part of the video is the data on people “voting with their feet” against the blue states.
There’s lots of data showing a clear relationship between the tax burden and migration patterns. Presumably for two reasons:
- People don’t like being overtaxed and thus move from high-tax states to low-tax states.
- More jobs are created in low-tax states, and people move for those employment opportunities.
There’s a debate about whether people also move because they want better weather.
I’m sure that’s somewhat…
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