The United States Census delivered a large chunk of coal to the state of New York this week as preliminary figures show those folks who woke to reality are heading for greener pastures. Some 126,355 people threw up their hands and said adios to the empire state between July 2019 and July 2020. State officials deserve nothing less than a mass exodus out of a poorly run, chaotic mess of a state.
Liberty Nation has been following trends of taxpayers leaving New York for years – and this is no surprise – but what may shock a few ivory tower politicians in the Empire State is that they just might lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The dribbling of residents began in 2016 – but this more recent period marked the largest drop in decades.
How embarrassing would it be if New York falls behind Florida in pork power positions – and electoral college votes?
That Damn Census
Every ten years, the U.S. Census is used to determine the number of representatives each state has. Simply put, the 435 house seats are divided up by population fluctuations decade by decade.
In light of people racing to get away from over-taxing, over-regulating welfare states, many are bracing for a seismic power shift when the full 2020 Census results are released.
William Frey, chief demographer for the Brookings Institution, issued a report showing population trends. The prognosis is looking rosy for some and muddy for the rest:
“The new statistics permit an estimate of the U.S. population on Census Day (April 1, 2020) to have been 329.2 million people. If that turns out to be the case, the decade growth rate between 2010 and 2020 will be the lowest decade growth in U.S. history.”
If Frey’s crystal ball is in good working order, California, Illinois, Alabama, Michigan, and Minnesota will also lose a seat at the big Swamp buffet table. Since population growth is stagnant, the states picking up seats will be Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Montana – where taxes are low, cost of living is much lower, and the government somewhat less tyrannical. How sad for the elected officials in California to explain why people are leaving their state in droves – a state that has never lost a House seat to reapportionment.
New York shows the largest percent population decline in the country – though it is reflected in other so-called blue states. With 26 seats, the state will remain influential in presidential elections – but enough less than Texas and Florida to be relegated to the election 2024 pile of rubble if conservatives play their cards right. For the left, it is imperative to flip smaller red states blue. For the right, well, they have a lot of work to do in keeping their strongholds a solid red. And that starts with loyalty to the people’s choice and ends with representing constituents.
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