Joe Biden has made a mess of things as President.
The rest of his party is not faring much better.
And now this billionaire Governor has uttered two words about border crossers that will leave you furious.
Florida, Texas, Tennessee, and other red states have been welcoming in hundreds of thousands of residents over the past few years.
Meanwhile, blue states like California, New York, and Illinois have been bleeding residents at a rapid pace.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker attempted to shrug off the news, but it’s impossible to ignore the disturbing trend.
According to IRS data, 105,000 Illinois residents left the state and took with them $10.6 billion in income.
Ted Dabrowski, president of the analytics firm Wirepoints, said in an interview, “The average income of the people moving to Illinois make $44,000 less than the people who are leaving Illinois. So we’re losing wealthier people and the ones that come in are not as wealthy.”
This is a common trend in blue states when Democrats veer too far to the left.
Increased taxes, burdensome regulation, and pro-crime policies hollow out the middle class, resulting in a two-tiered society of rich people who insulate themselves from the ramifications of bad policy, and poor people who have become dependent on the state.
Meanwhile, the middle class flees to affordable red and purple states.
Pritzker tried to blame the out-of-state migration on a lack of affordable college, but that argument is refuted by all available evidence.
Illinois Governor blamed tsunami of fleeing residents on . . . college affordability?
Illinois businessman Gary Rabine, who owned 13 businesses in the state, explained, “We would do thousands of jobs a year in [Chicago], but as we got robbed more, my people operating rollers and pavers we got robbed, our equipment would get stolen in broad daylight and there would usually be a gun involved, and it got expensive and it got dangerous…twice as much as they should be.”
Rabine packed up and left, as did hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin.
Griffin said, “Chicago will continue to be important to the future of Citadel, as many of our colleagues have deep ties to Illinois…Over the past year, however, many of our Chicago teams have asked to relocate to Miami, New York and our other offices around the world.”
Pritzker tried to argue that Illinois is actually gaining residents.
The Governor said, “We did a census in 2020. It turns out all the American Community Survey data was wrong. We gained population in the state of Illinois.”
However, the U.S. Census Bureau data showed that Illinois has lost residents for the last nine years in a row, data that is supported by figures from moving companies such as U-Haul.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.