Limbaugh to pull out of New York

I understand Limbaugh’s situation is an individual case, but when you target high-wage earners with putative income taxes, those high-wage earners have the ability to work somewhere else. And sometimes they do.

Limbaugh took advantage of that opportunity years ago by moving to Florida and broadcasting from the sunshine state where there is no state income tax. Yesterday, he announced that he’s going to cut all business ties with New York State and New York City and no longer broadcast from the EIB offices there.

I’m leaving. I am seriously… See, ladies and gentlemen, I would love to tell this story. I don’t think I should. I don’t think I should get personal, but I would love to tell my tax audit story of New York State and New York City since 1997. It happens every year, but that’s not the point. I have to prove 14 different ways where I am every day of the year. I have to prove 14 different ways, ’cause I pay New York state and city tax on a per diem.

When I am there working I pay whatever, you know, my rate is based on income for that day in New York. And I try to go as little as possible. If it weren’t for hurricanes down here, I would never go up there. New York is the escape valve in case hurricanes are showing up in our area, because of the loss of electricity. So I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to look for an alternative studio somewhere outside New York, perhaps Texas — another no-income-tax state — and I’m going to get the hell over there, when a hurricane starts coming our way, ’cause I told Mayor Bloomberg: I’ll be the first to lead the way. You know, this is just… I’ll sell my apartment. I’ll sell my condominium. I’m going to get out of there totally, ’cause this is just absurd, and it’s ridiculous — and it isn’t going to work. It’s punishing the achievers for the mistakes and the lack of discipline on the part of a bunch of corrupt politicians that have run that city and state into the ground for I don’t know how many years — and I, for one, am not going to take the blame for it.

And it’s not just high-wage earners. Telecommuting and broadband Internet service has opened up opportunities for middle class families to increase their earning power simply by moving to states that have lower income taxes or a lower cost of living.

I’ve got two examples. My current position allows me to work just about anywhere as long as I have a solid broadband Internet connection. My manager has let me know that she’s fine with me working from home a couple of days a week, and I’ve even done a few hours of work from a small bar in Governors Harbour in Eleuthera. If I wanted to move to a state like Florida, my income could rise due to lower taxes and my cost of living could be lower.

Another co-worker moved from Connecticut to North Carolina, not neccessarily because the tax rate was lower, but because overall living expenses were lower. This move – in effect – provided a higher income and more spending and saving power.

Is this a good learning opportunity? I certainly hope that you take a moment to think about it, especially since the politicians in New York simply don’t get it.

3 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Ever notice how the most expensive places to live in the country are deep, deep blue?    Ever notice how these places, frequently with rent control and huge entitlement programs always get more and more expensive (could it be a small model of socialism in NYC?), and nothing changes?

    Most importantly, ever notice how all the problems Democrats continually promise to fix never get fixed, no matter how high the taxes, how many entitlements, or how much money they throw at the problems?  And notice how the promise of all these freebies simply attract more and more "deserving" people, making the costs go up and up even more?

    Have Democrats actually ever fixed anything?  Think about it: every thing that they touch with their neosocialism gets worse, be it education, Social Security, poverty, employment, and let's not forget bank performance!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  That and never learning from your mistakes or the mistakes of others.

    Maybe insanity ought to be redifined as the Democrat playbook.

  2. Darlene
    Darlene says:

    Many people think that the move to Florida is because of the temperature.  The reality is everything is less expensive.  Florida also has lower property taxes, lower gas & cigarette tax, lower rents and prices on homes, and even, lower cost for a meal.  Everything is lower.  Even the state income comparisons, if you really look closely at the details, show Florida as surprisingly competitive.  As the costs in CT keep rising, people are leaving, causing the cost per family to rise even more.  It really does, eventually, become a no brainer. 

  3. catspadog
    catspadog says:

    Rush is right. Get out of the Northeast. I've been in CT for almost 20 years now. I stayed here so the kids so have continuity in their schooling. Well they're out of school now and we're out of here. Heading to NC for the cheaper cost of living and while it is unfortunately turning a little blue, it's definitely redder than here.

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