New York State took the top spot as the nation’s leading “population loss” center this week, with new data showing residents fleeing the region due to high taxes, rising housing costs, and a series of other issues.
“The report says nine states saw a drop in population between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. New York led the way at a loss of 48,510 people,” writes CBS News.
“Illinois (45,116), West Virginia (11,216), Louisiana (10,840), Hawaii (3,712), Mississippi (3,133), Alaska (2,348), Connecticut (1,215) and Wyoming (1,197) also lost people,” adds the report.
New York State boasts the fourth highest population in the country at over 19.5 million people. The report released by the Census Bureau also shows Nevada and Idaho leading the nation in population growth.
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BLUE STATE BLUES: New Jersey Governor to RAISE TAXES on ‘EVERYTHING’
The Democratic Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy unveiled his vision for the state’s proposed budget Wednesday; raising taxes on “everything” in a bid to save the Garden State from ballooning debt and massive budget deficits.
Murphy -the liberal politician who replaced outgoing governor and presidential nominee Chris Christie- plans to fund the state’s record-setting $37.4 billion budget by increasing taxes on nearly everything, including: gambling, ride-sharing services, marijuana, tobacco, online sales, retail sales, and more.
The budget also increases spending for education, transportation services, and state-wide pension funds.
“If we enact another budget like the one our administration inherited, our middle class will continue to be the ones shouldering the burden, while seeing little in return,” Murphy said Tuesday. “A millionaire’s tax is the right thing to do… and now is the time to do it.”
“The proposal, 4.2 percent higher than the current fiscal year’s, relies on a tax for the wealthiest that has yet to be approved and lacks support from key Democrats in the legislature,” writes Bloomberg. “It also reverses pledges from Murphy’s predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, to lower taxes in a state where living costs are among the nation’s highest.”
BLUE STATE BLUES: New Jersey Weighs TAXING TAP WATER to Bolster Budget
New Jersey is poised to follow California’s lead in the coming weeks, with state officials weighing whether they should implement a new tax on tap water to help bolster the state’s bloated budget.
According to Fox News, the proposal is being introduced by State Sen. Bob Smith, who referred to the new tax as a “user fee.” The measure would implement a $0.10 levy on every 1,000 gallons of water used per household.
Smith claims the new tax would impose an average fee of $32 per year.
“The state already charges a public utility franchise tax on water system operators of $0.01 per 1,000 gallons of water delivered to a consumer. That tax, which went into effect in 1984, is supposed to ‘ensure clean drinking water in New Jersey,’” write Fox.
“Let’s call it for what it is… it’s another tax,” Councilman Peter Brown D-Linden said.
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