California and NY have become embarrassed of the cold hard data that shows — clearly, without prejudice or spin — that productive taxpayers are fleeing their states in droves. And mostly moving to greener (redder?) pastures, especially Texas.
Folks are voting with their feet, and they are voting against the high taxes and burdensome regulatory polices of these Democrat-ruled states.
So, what has the Obama administration decided to do about this embarrassing data? Why, quit collecting and publishing it, of course:
As the din of America’s falling headfirst over the fiscal cliff reverberates across the nation, the Obama administration is quietly killing a key economic metric that tells how, and how many, people are voting with their feet. Since 1991 the Internal Revenue Service has been compiling statistics on filers’ addresses, which the agency’s Statistics of Income division uses to show who is moving into and out of every county and state in the nation. As you’d expect, the IRS also knows the aggregate income levels of those who move. So the movements of the most fundamental productive components of the economy — taxpayers — can be analyzed by journalists and economists, or could until now.
The IRS and the U.S. Census Bureau (which provides technical support in reporting tax migration data) have not made an official announcement as to why the program is being discontinued. So we are left to speculate why such vital economic statistics suddenly got canceled.
Some would be glad if the IRS data simply went away. Blue states with high state and local tax burdens have come out looking bad in recent years. California and New York have been embarrassed publicly, as a steady exodus is underway from both.
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