Study Finds Americans Leaving High-Tax, Union-Dominated States

By Jon E. Dougherty at 17 Nov 2010

(Newsroom America) -- A new study shows that Americans are increasingly fleeing high-tax, union-dominated states, and that flight will ultimately alter the makeup of congressional districts.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, eight states with an average personal tax rate of 2.8 percent are slated to pick up at least one congressional seat under reapportionment after the 2010 census count - Texas (four seats), Florida (two seats), Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington (one seat apiece), the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

That contrasts with New York and Ohio, which will probably lose two seats each, and Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, which will each likely lose one seat.

The Examiner, quoting the results of a study by Americans for Tax Reform, said "the state and local tax burden is nearly a third lower in states with growing populations," and that, as a result, per capita government spending is also lower.

ATR also noted in its study that "in eight of ten losers, workers can be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. In 7 of the 8 gainers, workers are given a choice whether to join or contribute financially to a union."

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