Earlier today the Empire Center released a report, http://www.empirecenter.org/pb/2011/08/migration1080311.cfm, validating what we already know here in Upstate New York…that our jobs and our people are leaving.  Again, this is no surprise to us.

According to the report, the migration of New Yorkers is far from a new trend. About 7.3 million people have left for other states since 1960, with 4.8 million immigrants entering the state during the same time period.  From 2000 to 2010, about 8 percent of New Yorkers left for other states, the highest percentage in the country. That was offset by an increase of 895,000 foreign immigrants, making the net total migration about 3.56 percent.

Some will argue that over that same time period of 2000-2010 New York actually gained population.  And they would be correct.  But not here in upstate New York.  The 2010 census identified that 17 counties in upstate lost population over the last decade.  So what is the result of the population swing?  New York is growing at a much slower rate than other states.  That’s why we are losing two seats in the House of Representatives while others are gaining seats.

The simple fact of the matter is that we must continue to work on reducing spending and lowering taxes.  A good friend, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, said it perfectly in his press release today, “…The facts are inescapable: New York State’s lack of jobs, nation-leading taxes and anti-business regulatory policies are driving families and businesses away.  New Yorkers are voting with their feet, plain and simple.”

It is time to stop voting with our feet.  We must draw a line in the sand and be clear: We will not accept more spending and more taxes.  New York must continue the work from this past session and balance future budget with no new or increased taxes, fees or assessments.