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Don’t contaminate Florida with Northeastern blue-politics

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Florida is a state that a lot of people want to come to, to live. The number has varied over the years, but Florida gets roughly 900 people moving here every day, net. They come not only for the climate, but because this state does not tax people to death or strangle you with regulations.

Many people who move or retire to Florida come from major metropolitan areas in the 11 states in the Northeast. Too many of those states are tax-happy and/or smothered by heavy government regulations, and irresponsible political decisions are a prime reason why good people leave those blue states.

Florida welcomes new arrivals, who help us to maintain our status as a high-growth state that creates a lot of jobs and a high “quality of life”. But if you move here, those of us who have been lifetime or long-time residents, who have built this state and paid for its infrastructure, expect newcomers to be responsible new residents.

What does that mean? Well, it means we don’t want you to spoil your new home. More specifically, we want to welcome you but don’t move to Florida and then vote for the same kind of politicians who got you in trouble back where you came from. Don’t move down here and ruin it for those of us who already live here. Florida is seeing too many people transferring here from blue states who insist on supporting leftist candidates who want to turn Florida into a nanny-state with high taxes.

The governors of the high-tax states prattle on about how “higher taxes are necessary for better services.” If that’s true, why are more and more of their residents eager to live elsewhere? Methinks that increasing numbers of citizens in those blue states have figured out they are not receiving value for the high taxes they pay, pushing them into becoming tax refugees. Nearly a third of New Jersey-ites who desired to leave say it was due to high taxes, corruption, and high cost of living. CNBC’s latest annual rankings of states most friendly to business reveal that the “seven high-tax states were among those ranked lowest in infrastructure quality”. That tanks the argument that high taxes mean better services.

Companies and people have good reasons for running away from places like California and New York. Over 13,000 companies have exited California in the last decade. There’s a reason why Amazon abandoned New York, and why socialist darling AOC’s mother fled New York for Eustis, Florida. 710,000 people had their own personal reasons to flee California since 2010. 48,000 people left New York just last year. The result is that Florida surged past New York as America’s third-largest state, as we recruit workers from elsewhere to serve our increasing population.

There are actually some national far-left or liberal organizations that promote schemes to encourage blue-state Californians to move to red-state Texas, so that the voting electorate in Texas will slowly become politically liberal in coming years, and cast their 38 electoral votes for national Democratic candidates. Something similar holds true for Florida, as leftist groups are urging residents of the Northeast, approaching retirement, to move to Florida to change the nature of our state’s political demographics by changing the outcome of elections.

If that’s a reason someone would move to Florida, to escalate Northeastern blue-politics in this state, you can stay where you are and continue to contaminate your own nest.

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of BizPac Review.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
John R. Smith

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