Michael Barone’s analysis of the 2010 census data is worth reading. His conclusion:
The states, said Justice Brandeis, are laboratories of reform. The 2010 Census tells us whose experiment worked best. It’s the state with the same name as the county that’s the center of the nation’s population: Texas.
But it’s not just Texas:
- The eight states with no state income tax grew 18 percent in the last decade. The other states (including the District of Columbia) grew just 8 percent.
- The 22 states with right-to-work laws grew 15 percent in the last decade. The other states grew just 6 percent.
- The 16 states where collective bargaining with public employees is not required grew 15 percent in the last decade. The other states grew 7 percent.
People naturally move to states where the economies are good, jobs are plentiful, and the cost of living tends to be lower. States with low taxes and workers rights (the opposite of union rights) provide the environment people want. If states like New York, California, and Illinois want to balance their budget and avoid bankruptcy, raising taxes only drives people away and makes the situation worse. It’s time for states and the federal government to open their eyes.