Are they fleeing Minnesota taxes or bad weather?

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2010 - 10:12 AM

Interstate migration is costing Minnesota millions in tax revenue, a conservative think tank says. But why people are leaving is up for debate.

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RJRJRJFeb. 10, 10 7:48 PM

Nope. Nope, it's not. No need to panic.

inrealityFeb. 10, 10 7:51 PM

People move for a host of reasons and weather and taxes are two of those reasons. People also move for family, health, hobbies, etc. Now that being said, do you think high taxation is a positive or negative for individuals and businesses? Is high taxation a good thing? What percent of OUR income/wealth should we have to pay to the government? When is it enough? Now, you can debate all day about why people move but I have never heard individual or business say they were moving to another state because they wanted to pay more taxes. Now you can infer from that whatever you like. God Bless America and the freedom we have to move vote with our feet and have 50 states to compete for us.

hfnorthFeb. 10, 10 7:51 PM

They then move to sunbelt states that also have lower taxes. Win-win on weather front and taxation when ya boogie out of here with no need for a job.

donm251Feb. 10, 10 7:52 PM

I left for both reasons, mostly taxes. I do enjoy the summer of 3 months when I return each year.

ranger78Feb. 10, 10 7:54 PM

The telling stat they don't provide is the net worth of those leaving vs. those coming. My bet is it is significantly higher on the way out. Close circuit to Dane Smith and Growth & Justice, if the gov't has been shrunk, why has the state budget tripled since the early 1990's? You folks need to get a clue.

antistartribuneFeb. 10, 10 7:54 PM

with the kicker of the pathetic leadership in the House and Senate.

clboyerFeb. 10, 10 7:55 PM

No growth, no jobs. And with the economy I moved after 9 years, so that I live in an area that, with the next downturn, I will be marketable and not have to move again.

smccl001Feb. 10, 10 7:56 PM

People go where the jobs are, but they also often choose to go where the schools are high quality, the cities are pleasant, and the services are good. Retired people frequently go where it's warmer. I've heard of people moving for all of these reasons, but I have never heard a person say they moved strictly for lower taxes. It must happen, but it's not the driving force for our population. Minnesota drew newcomers because we had high employment, and we offered a better than average environment in which to live. Neither of those things are as true now as they once were.

siouxalumFeb. 10, 10 7:58 PM

Moved to North Dakota, the friendly conservative neighbor to the west with a 4% unemployment rate, $1 billion budget surplus and a tax break.

dstanleyFeb. 10, 10 8:00 PM

I have to make more money to offset the taxes that I don't pay living in Florida. To argue with myself (?) yeah, Minnesotans pay income tax, but I'm living in *Florida*


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