Investor’s Business Daily found striking correlations between tax burden, presidential vote, population loss/gain, and government fiscal condition. In general, high-tax states tended to vote for the Democrat in the last election, tend to be losing domestic population to other states, and tend not to be in great fiscal condition. As IBD suggests:
One way to look at all this is to conclude that poorly managed states are trying to force taxpayers to cover for their mistakes. But, taxpayers won’t stand for it. Which strongly suggests that high-tax states need to set a new course, toward lower taxes and less spending, if they want to stop their population losses.
Of course, that’s a big “if.” As long as they can keep the scheme going, population is only incidental… never mind that our governments are supposedly instituted to represent the people who actually live in an area. That isn’t any longer true in a fundamental sense.