You know, last year, Andrew Cuomo had a few choice words about the state of Florida.
He blamed both Trump and the Sunshine State itself for New York’s $2.3 billion tax shortfall. In 2019, many of the richer citizens of his state all drove south on I-95 intent on setting up residence in Florida with its lower taxes.
New York has some of the highest taxes of any state in the union, and to blame anything other than that is simply cowardice and unwillingness to accept that people don’t want to pay money for things that don’t help them (like most social programs).
With Trump highlighting the difference between the two states and set up residence in Florida after spending more than seven decades as a New Yorker, he was one of thousands that moved out of the Big Apple over the past couple of years.
It seems like what the Left is BEST at is driving taxpayers away.
However, in 2020, it wasn’t just high taxes forcing the well-to-do to relocate south.
The stringent COVID restrictions that both Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio forced on people was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, and even MORE people decided to leave.
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In New York, you can’t operate a business, but protestors can run amok in the streets without consequence or a care in the world.
And New Jersey’s Phil Murphy is no different.
The lockdown rules that he instituted in the Garden State were JUST as stringent as Cuomo’s – which is really baffling. Seeing as the neighboring states still have some of the highest death rates in the nation, you’d have thought they’d have figured out what they’re doing isn’t working.
But apparently state governments haven’t made that realization.
They still seem to think that stringent lockdown measures are the key to stopping the virus.
However, while Cuomo tries to blame EVERYBODY else but himself for the number of people leaving the state, he doesn’t realize that the very policies he’s coming up with are the reason people are moving.
All you need to do is ask business owners how they feel about the governors.
Nearly one-third of small businesses in New York and New Jersey remain closed since January.
The Big Apple has seen 28.7% of their small businesses remained closed, while Jersey has seen 31.2% of their business stay shuttered.
Now, compare these numbers to states run by Republican governors, like Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas, where it’s in the low 20% range.
You see why people are leaving the north now more than ever.
Bye, Bye, Small Business
The worst part?
The deeper we get into the winter, the higher the COVID numbers are going to go and the more lockdown protocols will go into effect.
New Jersey’s director of the National Federation of Independent Business, Eileen Kean, told reporters, “It’s really bad… and without federal dollars coming into New Jersey, the Main Street stores and other establishments are not gonna make it through the winter.”
And she’s absolutely right…
NYC Hospitality Alliances’ executive director, Andrew Rigie, said of the business lost in the Big Apple, “It’s devastating how many restaurants have shuttered and jobs have been lost – and with the infection rate rising and the looming threat of indoor dining closing again, many more will close unless the government provides adequate support to these small businesses.”
Both governors are promising new lockdown protocols for their states.
How do you destroy a business in two easy steps?
You raise taxes and impose stringent lockdown rules that ensure that Americans can’t work.
If you were ever looking to destroy an economy, look no further than Democratic governors.
They’re great at it.
“History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly, it is not a sufficient condition.” – Milton Friedman