Last September, using data from the Internal Revenue Service, I wrote:
Figure 2 uses IRS data that shows where those residents who have left Minnesota to move elsewhere in the United States have gone to.
Figure 2: Net domestic migration in and out of Minnesota, 2011-2012 to 2019-2020
It shows that, from 2011-2012 to 2019-2020, Minnesota lost, on net, 40,884 residents to states without an income tax, with Florida the top destination. By contrast, our state gained residents from states with income taxes, with Illinois – another high tax state – being the leading source of domestic migrants.
People never vote more meaningfully than when they vote with their feet and when Minnesotans do so they opt, disproportionately, for states without an income tax. I do not deny that abolishing the income tax in our state would be a significant undertaking, but the end point would seem to be an attractive to many Minnesotans.
So Florida is the top destination for fleeing Minnesotans and this presents a problem for the Walz administration.
Take a look again at the figure above showing Florida as the number one destination for fleeing Minnesotans and tell me that waging some Culture War on the Sunshine State is really going to reverse our state’s population loss. The lesson is, in fact, that whatever it is that Florida is offering, we ought to offer some ourselves.
Gov. Walz’ remarks show that he isn’t serious about reversing the exodus of Minnesotans from the state. He is, instead, concerned about playing to the gallery of liberals in the Twin Cities. “It’s a bold strategy, Cotton…”