Census: Americans Migrating to States With Low Taxes


Recent census data confirms Americans don't like taxes, and they're moving to states like Texas with little to no personal income tax.

Texas is among the big winners of next year's Census, having gained hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Illinois, New York and other states with high taxes.

“People vote with their feet and they're voting very strongly to states with low taxes, or in many cases like Texas, states that avoid personal income taxes altogether,” Jonathan Williams, chief economist and vice president for the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council.

While Texas gains up to three seats in Congress, New York and California could lose representation.

“In 2020, it will be the first time in state history since 1850 that California is at risk of losing a U.S. House seat because of the massive out migration,” says Williams.

North Dakota lawmakers this week voted to do away with their income tax, the first state to do so since Alaska in 1980.

“People go for economic opportunity, and we find that states that are creating the most economic opportunity are following a market-oriented, lower-tax, limited-government philosophy.”


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