Fla. Sen. to High-Tax New York Over Exodus: ‘You Did This to Yourself’

‘There’s a reason companies are fleeing high-tax states, bringing jobs with them to Florida, Tennessee and Texas….’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) New York’s unreasonably high taxes are driving businesses and residents to his home state of Florida, wrote Republican Sen. Rick Scott in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal published Wednesday.

“America is a marketplace where states are competing with each other, and New York is losing. Their loss is Florida’s gain—and Texas’ and South Carolina’s and Ohio’s and Indiana’s,” he wrote.

More than 41 percent of New York City residents say they can’t afford the city’s high cost of living anymore, according to a Quinnipiac poll published Wednesday.

And another 41 percent believe they’ll need to move to a different state as taxes and prices in New York continue to rise.


“They are making this city a city for the wealthy, and they are really choking out the middle class,’’ Ari Buitron, a 49-year-old New Yorker from Queens told the New York Post. “A lot of my friends have had to move to Florida, Texas, Oregon. You go to your local shop, and it’s $5 for a gallon of milk and $13 for shampoo. Do you know how much a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is? $1700! What’s wrong with this picture?”

Scott said that if New York cut taxes and regulatory costs, the local government would be more efficient and residents would still be attracted to the state.

“I would like to tell New Yorkers on behalf of the rest of America that our hearts go out to you for your sagging luxury real-estate market. But you did this to yourself, and you can fix it yourself,” he wrote.

The former Florida governor said that the state once suffered from “mismanagement and a lack of leadership” as New York does now.

But under his direction, the state cut more than $10 billion in taxes and more than 5,000 unnecessary regulations.

The result was 1.7 million new jobs, lower debt, and investments in “education, transportation, and the environment.”

“The elites in New York and Washington should commission a study of Florida to see what happens when conservative ideas are put into practice,” Scott wrote. “There’s a reason Florida surpassed New York as the third-largest state. There’s a reason Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., mom left New York for Florida. And there’s a reason companies are fleeing high-tax states, bringing jobs with them to Florida, Tennessee and Texas.”