Dead last

We might not be if only there were 57 states.



See Rich States, Poor States, by Art Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Jonathan Williams. 


What's the outlook for NYS? (click the image to embiggen)

And according to the NYTorch, the state's past "overall Economic Performance rank came in at 40th, due to a last-place ranking for domestic migration."

Yep, it's a going concern all right—people keep going.

And how's that "NYS is open for business" thing workin' for ya?

Thought so.


Barbara Lifton didn't get the memo

Barbara Lifton doesn't think this happens. We've blogged about it here, here, and in any number of other posts. These people just don't get it.

At Bookworm Room, via New Zeal:

...The National Labor Relations Board has held that Boeing cannot build a plant in South Carolina:

In a stunning move well beyond the scope of their legal mandate, the Obama Administration appointee controlled National Labor Relations Board is suing Boeing Corporation for, get this, building a second production line for their new Dreamliner passenger plane in South Carolina rather than in Washington state.


South Carolina is a right to work state whose voters this past November overwhelmingly amended their state’s constitution to ensure that a worker has the right to vote on whether they want to be represented by a labor union. The workers at the Boeing plant in South Carolina have also taken the bold step of booting out the union that represented them, effectively ending the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers stranglehold on Boeing production.

Now, Obama’s NLRB is attacking Boeing’s job creation in South Carolina as “union retaliation” directly related to a 2008 labor strike which crippled Boeing’s production in Washington state.

Now that those state governments that are in thrall to unions and labor have made it virtually impossible to do business in State A, the federal government is upping the ante by making it illegal for a business to move to State B.  I’ll reiterate here what I often say:  The Left may call them corporate fat cats or “rich people,” but I call them employers.  When you make it impossible for them to do business, they’re going to leave.  And if you make it impossible to leave, they’re going to die on the vine, leaving both State A and State B without jobs.

Read the whole thing.

Climate change would be a good thing...

...if it could change this headline:

The New York stigma: worst business climate in the country

....At a time when Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to remedy its fiscal woes and unemployment has hovered around 9 percent, businesses said the state's tax climate is decidedly anti-business and is hindering its economic recovery.

The state consistently ranks among the costliest states in terms of corporate taxes, property taxes and the personal income tax....

If you go down to the comments (at least as of this moment—it seems that comments tend to mysteriously disappear from Journal articles), you'll find a commenter who's clearly riled by what he(?) perceives to be a conservative slant to the data cited in the article.  Well, at Assemblywoman Lifton's town meetings last week, any mention of the unfriendly business climate in NYS was greeted with handouts based on information from the Fiscal Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization committed to improving public policies and private practices to better the economic and social conditions of all New Yorkers." The "nonpartisan" part is a wee bit disingenuous—but never mind.  

The point is that when it comes to data, what we've got is...

...dueling data—and neither side seems to be impressed with the other's "facts."

It's much bigger than competing data sets, though.  There's a huge ideological chasm here: Barbara Lifton and her fellow travelers see the world through a Marxist prism, the oppressor against the oppressed, believing that fairness can only be realized through the satisfaction of individual wants as a consequence of a government redistribution of property.  In other words, equal results.

Conservatives, like us bitter clingers here at Redneck Mansion, passionately believe that fairness is best ensured by adherence to the rule of law, with all that that entails. In other words, equal treatment.

It's a divide that's been around, well, probably as long as people have been around. Ideological divides contributed to a federal form of government at the nation's founding.  In a country that's a lot more "national" and a lot less "federal" than it used to be, these battles are going to be fought (am I still allowed to use such a martial metaphor?) within the states.

Keep your powder dry.

Deep in the heart of taxes

Here's a good piece in the NY Post (by a Texas resident) that's ostensibly about (not) living in NYC, but has a lot to say about (not) living or doing business in NYS in general.  For example:

Texas creates jobs like a fiend, in part because businesses large and small have no worry of obstacles such as plaintiff-friendly courts, consumer-friendly regulators or oversight-friendly lawmakers. Pro-business isn’t just a mantra; they put it in the water.

Read it all (h/t Hot Air).  Yo, people in Albany!  Listen up.

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