“New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that in terms of domestic migration — people moving about within the United States — Illinois saw roughly 105,200 more people leave than arrive.” Illinois Policy Institute, December 23, 2015
“…Illinois struggles to keep people here. They’re leaving, in droves, for states with sunnier economic opportunities.” Chicago Tribune, January 6, 2016
“By almost every metric, Illinois’ population is sharply declining because residents are fleeing the State.” Chicago Tribune, March 25, 2016
“Millionaires are leaving Chicago more than any other city in the United States on a net basis, according to a new report.” Chicago Tribune, April 4, 2016
This could be a piece on the demographic impact of cross-state migration . . . or of Illinois’s abject failure to address systemic economic problems . . . or the impact of personal wealth on economic mobility. These are all juicy issues, and worthy of debate. But instead of focusing on the causes or fixes to these problem issues, we’re going to look at one migration decision point – taxes.
Written by: William J. Cotter