With record fleeing residents, NY and Cali could lose House seats due to population drop

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Unless far-left states like New York and California stop hemorrhaging residents, they’ll soon begin to hemorrhage House seats and Electoral College votes as well — and deservedly so, according to critics.

High taxes, draconian coronavirus lockdown restrictions and opportunity-killing regulations have inspired a growing number of Americans — including high-profile ones like Elon Musk and Ben Shapiro — to flee these states at lightening-fast speed.

“I never wanted to leave California. It’s the most beautiful state with the best climate. I think the tipping point was continued tax increases and even more proposed tax increases. … I have absolutely no regrets,” Scott Fuller, who’d lived in California since 1983, told The San Diego Union-Tribune last week.

But instead of heeding the complaints of runaways like Fuller, among many others, politicians in these states have only doubled down on the “progressive” policies that spurred people into leaving in the first place.

In California, for instance, instead of learning from the exodus of Fuller, Musk, Shapiro, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard — not to mention an estimated 135,600 everyday citizens — the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature is now considering a wealth tax.

“California’s Legislature is considering a wealth tax on residents, part-year residents, and any person who spends more than 60 days inside the state’s borders in a single year. Even those who move out of state would continue to be subject to the tax for a decade,” The Wall Street Journal reported this week.

Thus the only surefire way to avoid the potential tax would be for California residents to get the hell out of the state before Gov. Gavin Newsom signs it into law.

A similar exodus is being seen in New York, particularly in the New York City area.

“[E]very major Wall Street firm is drawing up plans to significantly slash its presence in the city for the foreseeable future,” Fox Business Network reported last week.

“The diminished workforce is a function of several factors. … Those factors include the now proven ability to work outside the office – which in low-cost states like Florida and Texas — could slash already high Manhattan real estate costs. But maybe the biggest factor, these people say, is a lack of faith in the ruling political class in New York.”

And like in California, this “lack of faith” is driven by inane “progressive” policies that make no sense to anyone not indoctrinated in “woke” theology.

“Bankers are blaming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for allowing crime to reach new highs during the pandemic, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for brutal lockdowns that have decimated the small businesses and quality of life in the city,” FBN noted.

Between March and October of this year, at least 300,000 people reportedly relocated away from NYC. Moreover, U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the state as a whole lost over 1.4 million people from 2010 to 2019, more than any other state.

“There’s no question we will see a significant loss of Wall Street talent beyond the pandemic — how long that lasts and how deep the exodus becomes is a function of whether the political class continues to demonize success,” Partnership for New York City president Kathryn Wylde said to FBN.

Meanwhile, this week de Blasio bluntly told the press that his mission is to “redistribute wealth.” That’s not apt to build confidence in business owners.

De Blasio has for his part dismissed the ongoing exodus, telling reports, “They’ll be back.”

“Some people may decide they want to go somewhere else for a period of time and as the situation in New York City improves. They’ll come back,” he said in August.

But if Democrat leaders like Newsom, Cuomo and de Blasio believe the losses being incurred by their policies are nothing to worry about, they’re sadly mistaken.

The Brookings Institution, a left-wing research group, has projected that New York and California are set to lose one House seat each, whereas red states such as Florida and Texas are on track to gain two and three seats, respectively.

More seats for Florida and Texas means more Electoral College votes, something that would have greatly benefited President Donald Trump during the 2020 election.

(Source: Brookings Institution)

Of the states gaining seats, four voted for President Donald Trump while three voted for Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. Conversely, of the states losing seats, seven voted for Biden and three voted for Trump. See the difference?

Of course, if Democrats don’t care and would rather just double down on the policies that are pushing people out of their states and cities, thus costing them pivotal House seats and Electoral College votes, that’s certainly their prerogative.

Vivek Saxena

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