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One states’ loss another’s gain…

November 18, 2010

this is most likely why the White House is in favor of heavy federal rights instead of more localized states rights.

In the latter, the jobs can leave – taking the voters and union dues with them…(Washington Examiner)

Eight states are projected to gain at least one congressional seat under reapportionment following the 2010 Census: Texas (four seats), Florida (two seats), Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington (one seat each). Their average top state personal income tax rate: 2.8 percent.

By contrast, New York and Ohio are likely to lose two seats each, while Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will be down one apiece

If EVERYONE was required to join a union EVERYWHERE and all taxes were the same – there’d be no worries over the census and who gets counted where.

Until then, economic realities of the different states will drive different employment prospects between them – and voters will either stay (to collect unemployment & hope for greater union seniority) or move.

Having lived in Texas for 12 years, and Oregon for 7 – I’m curious if the gaining states end up with voters who vote for the same policies that killed the state they left (um, California?) or end up with voters who recognize the policies in the state they left might be what caused the jobs to move….

it will be interesting to watch this over time….will the heavy handed federalization so many blogs/pundits are recommending the White House execute be successful – before the seats change hands (so the switch between CA and Texas doesn’t matter)? It’s certainly one strategy they’ll employ. They heard the voters in the election of 2010 – and believe they will change their minds if they just plow forward.

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