Great NYS news!

Ummm, not so much.

Would you be happy if your student got Ds?  Well, Mario's kid just received a grade of "D" from the Cato Institute in their latest Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governor's: 2012. You should definitely look at the whole thing to see how the various states and their governors are doing, but here's the part relevant to many of us (on page 34):

New York

Andrew Cuomo, Democrat Grade: D

Legislature: Divided
Took Office: January 2011


In his January 2011 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo said that New York must “hold the line on taxes now and reduce taxes in the future.” Unfortunately, the governor has not lived up to that pledge. In December 2011, Cuomo signed an increase in the top personal income tax rate, which is expected to raise $1.9 billion annually. A previous “temporary” hike in the top rate from 6.85 percent to rates of 7.85 percent and 8.97 percent was supposed to expire at the end of 2011. But Cuomo’s legislation will “temporarily” create a new top rate of 8.82 percent through the end of 2014. Cuomo’s tax plan included some tax breaks, but the overall net tax increase was more than $1.5 billion a year. These tax hikes won’t help the New York economy, which already suffers from having the second worst business tax climate in the nation.

There were no new taxes in the governor’s budget this year, and his spending increases have been about average among the governors. Also to his credit, Cuomo approved pension reforms for public sector workers, which could save state and local governments in New York tens of billions of dollars over coming years. In New York City alone, the annual cost of pensions for city workers has exploded from $1.3 billion to $8 billion in just the past decade. So Cuomo’s reforms were desperately needed, but much more needs to be done to reduce government spending in New York.

And the moment you've all been waiting for, the release of the 2013 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index from the Tax Foundation, in which the state whose motto is "Excelsior" ranks 50th among the 57 states because we have

...the worst individual income tax, the sixth- worst unemployment insurance taxes, and the sixth-worst property taxes. The states in the bottom 10 suffer from the same afflictions: complex, non-neutral taxes with comparatively high rates...

But wait...when it comes to why individuals and espcially businesses don't wish to be in NYS, there's more!  Here's a specific example at FoxNews via Jazz Shaw at Hot Air:

Two venerable American gun manufacturers — Remington and Colt — could head for the West their weapons helped win if New York and Connecticut force them to implement microstamping technology.
 
Microstamping, or ballistic imprinting, is a patented process that uses laser technology to engrave a tiny marking of the make, model and serial number on the tip of a gun’s firing pin to allow an imprint of that information on spent cartridge cases. Supporters of the technology say it will be a “game changer,” allowing authorities to quickly identify the registered guns used in crimes. Opponents claim the process is costly, unreliable and may ultimately impact the local economies that heavily depend on the gun industry, including Ilion, N.Y., where Remington Arms maintains a factory, and Hartford, Conn., where Colt's manufacturing is headquartered.

“Mandatory microstamping would have an immediate impact of a loss of 50 jobs,” New York State Sen. James Seward, a Republican whose district includes Ilion, said, adding that Remington employs 1,100 workers in the town. “You’re talking about a company that has options in other states. Why should they be in a state that’s hostile to legal gun manufacturing? There could be serious negative economic impact with the passage of microstamping and other gun-control laws”...
Of course, there's not only the negative economic impact involved here, but a slight matter of the Second Amendment, whose continued and unwelcome existence is a much bigger deal to gun opponents in this state than law enforcement concerns.
 
You can always move west like a lot of our central NY forebears to where men and women really know how to work together: