New York’s net population loss to other states was 181,000 for 2018-19, just behind much-larger California’s 200,000 drop. Even including foreign immigration, the Empire State shrank by nearly 50,000 people, the fourth straight year of population decline.
Mass flight from a state with sky-high taxes and business-killing regulations is no surprise — after all, California’s population data tell a similar story. Yet it’s still a shock that New York is doing this poorly: It was one of only 10 states that saw a total population decline last year.
Yet Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to blame everyone except himself, with a spokesman telling The Post that “Washington Republicans” caused the mass out-migration by capping the federal SALT deduction — the latest in a long line of excuses.
Of course, the SALT cap didn’t impose any new taxes — it just let a few more New Yorkers feel the high state taxes already in place.
The Census data only bear out what everyone already knew: People suffer from progressive policies that impose exorbitant taxes and otherwise send the cost of living soaring — and they show it by moving out.