The Donald-in-Chief ruffled some feathers Tuesday when he stated the obvious but then followed it up with a ridiculous solution.
While teasing the announcement of the opening of a massive electronics manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, President Trump said he thinks those of us who live north of the Tappan Zee/Mario Cuomo bridge should leave Upstate New York to find jobs else.
“When you have an area that just isn’t working like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt … I’m going to explain, you can leave. It’s OK. Don’t worry about your house,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal.
The president is right about upstaters being badly hurt, and census data shows that people are leaving with their feet.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 16 of 62 counties in New York grew in terms of population from 2010-16. Among the top 10 counties only two are in Upstate New York — Saratoga and Tompkins.
The Capital Region actually fared better than most other counties. Albany County ranked 12th in terms of growth over that seven-year time period (2 percent), while Rensselaer and Schenectady counties saw what was essentially flat growth.
Overall, nearly 850,000 more people moved out of New York state between 2010 and 2016, the largest outflow in the country. Most experts agree the numbers are only offset by immigrants moving in, particularly downstate.
Taxes in the Empire State are brutal, so bad, in fact, that New York state normally ranks as having the highest tax burden in the entire U.S. Some years, it catches a break by…
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