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Re: Census Announcement

By on 12.21.10 | 11:14AM

Americans for Tax Reform had these factoids ready for release when the Census news hit:

An updated study by Americans for Tax Reform compared states gaining and losing Congressional seats in the decennial reapportionment process and found that states gaining seats had significantly lower taxes, less government spending, and were more likely to have "Right to Work" laws in place. Because reapportionment is based on population migration, this is further proof that fiscally conservative public policy spurs economic growth, creates jobs, and attracts population growth.

The Census Bureau announced today that eight states will gain at least one Congressional seat. Texas will gain four seats and Florida will gain two. Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington will gain one seat each. The biggest losers are New York and Ohio - both will lose two seats - while Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will lose one seat each.

The average top personal income tax rate among gainers is 116 percent lower than among losers. The total state and local tax burden is nearly one-third lower, as is per capita government spending. 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.

I'm a little surprised (although I knew a while back) that North Carolina did not gain any representation, as we continue to experience an influx of Northeasterners into the state. But the Tar Heel state is one of the highest taxing states in the Southeast and transplants are clearly favoring South Carolina, Georgia and Florida these days.

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