Report details where NY’ers are headed
The Empire Center for New York State Policy report used information from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service. It found that New York state has had a net loss of 1.54 million residents, or 8 percent, since 2000.
â€œWhat accounts for New Yorkâ€™s chronic inability to attract and retain more Americans than it loses every year? Any attempt to answer that question must begin with New Yorkâ€™s state and local tax burden,â€ the report says.
â€œIn Upstate New York, housing is relatively inexpensive but even more heavily taxed, and new economic opportunities have been scarce,â€ the report says. â€œWeather, on the other hand, seems less compelling as an explanation. Cold winters havenâ€™t stopped New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Minnesota from adding population while upstate New York has been shrinking.â€