The State Ambassadors of Doom

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A percentage of the Connecticut electorate has managed to convinced themselves the states tax rate, government debt and cost of living are compelling taxpayer flight and corporate relocations. This cynical notion relies heavily on anecdotal evidence to suggest the economy is worse in Connecticut than any other state the country. Unfortunately, what these ambassadors of doom fail to recognize is that Connecticut wages, unemployment, poverty and education rates all fall within the median range of economic indicators. Property values, middleclass wealth, savings, corporate residency and gross state product also fair somewhat better or worse than other states. Although Connecticut ranks 40th for the number of taxpayers relocating, when we take a closer look at the reasons expressed from those leaving the state we get a very different perspective. The biggest factor residents give when planning to move out of the state is 21% for work or business reasons. This is followed by family or other social reasons at 13%. Weather or location 7% and then seeking a better quality of life or change 12%. School related reasons were 10%. Cost of living 12% and taxes equate to a whopping 6%. This certainly doesn’t suggest there isn’t room for economic improvement in many of these areas. It simply reveals that conservatives who peddle our state to the lowest corporate bidder in the name of job creation and dire predictions of a  post-apocalyptic Detroit once again have it wrong when 82% of residents leaving the state are doing so for reasons other than taxes or cost of living. This is not a spending issue, a union problem or a dubious Socialist agenda. This is simply a math problem inflated by those with a single-minded ideology and limited perspective.

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