The ties between the states of New York and Florida run deep. Over the years, many New Yorkers have ditched the Empire State for sunnier weather in Florida. Sure, the Florida weather and the sunny beaches are nice, but that’s not the main reason that New Yorkers are deserting New York in droves.
New York state has high taxes, onerous regulations, and is terribly managed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t help things either and is singlehandedly running the city into the ground. Cuomo and de Blasio have mismanaged the state and city of New York horrendously, but they still have the gall to ask for a bailout from the Federal Government.
Florida, on the other hand, has low tax and regulations and has spent taxpayer money wisely. The Wall Street Journal highlighted the distinction between how the states are managed. The editorial board wrote, “Democrats want a $915 billion budget bailout for states and cities, and the leading lobbyist is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. His main public antagonist on the subject is Florida Senator and former Governor Rick Scott. Both men were first elected Governor in 2010, so let’s do the math to consider which state has managed its economy and finances better over the last decade.
In 2010 New York’s population of 19.378 million was larger than Florida’s 18.8 million. By mid-2019 Florida had grown to 21.48 million, according to the Census Bureau, while New York had barely increased to 19.453 million. Yet Mr. Cuomo recently signed a budget for fiscal 2021 of $177 billion that is even bigger than last year’s, papering over what was a $6 billion deficit before the coronavirus. Florida’s budget for fiscal 2021, not yet signed by new Governor Ron DeSantis, is expected to be about $93 billion.
Democrats in Albany are claiming to be victims of events that are out of their control. But they have increased spending by $43 billion since 2010—about $570,000 for each additional person. Florida’s budget has increased by $28 billion while its population has grown 2.7 million—a $10,400 increase per new resident.”
Governor Cuomo wrote a letter to the New York Congressional delegation begging for them to secure more money from the Federal Government. The governor wrote, “New York State is broke…and there has been absolutely no help to offset it.” Sounds like a New York problem to me, not an American problem.
Newsday reported, “New York has a lot riding on additional money. The State legislature approved a state budget last week, but with warnings that many revenue and spending figures—for school aid for other major items—are subject to the continued economic impact of the coronavirus and whether the state receives additional federal money.”
Mayor De Blasio lashed out at Trump during a press conference this week, ranting against the president for not supporting a bailout of New York City. He even went as far as to accuse President Trump of being a traitor to his hometown.
Bill de Blasio blamed President Trump for New York City’s problems. He told reporters that “The President of the United States — a former New Yorker who seems to enjoy stabbing his home town in the back — [is] talking about no bailout for New York. What kind of human being sees the suffering here and decides that people in New York City don’t deserve help? What kind of person does that?
“He’s not inclined to do bailouts now? That means he’s not inclined to help firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, police officers, doctors, nurses, health care workers,” de Blasio said. “He’s a pure hypocrite, given how much money he’s put in the hands of the corporations and the wealthy already.”
The U.S. Census Bureau showed that, while Florida received more movers than other states in 2018, New York’s outflows to the Sunshine State were the highest—67,772 people. New York had the third-largest outflows of any state, with 452,580 people moving out within the past year.
It is not hard to figure out why those people left New York. Florida taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to bail out New York. It is time for Cuomo, de Blasio, and the gang to get their act together and run their state better. Maybe then New Yorkers will stay put and not move to the Sunshine State.
Something tells me that won’t change their bad habits. Just a hunch.