Where are people moving in the United States? Not to Kansas.
Sorry, Gov. Sam Brownback.
That’s the “fun fact” from the 39th annual National Movers Study released by United Van Lines.
Sure, this is a publicity gimmick for the company. But United does crunch some data that show where its customers moved in 2015.
Kansas ranked as the sixth worst “outbound state.”
Others in the bottom 10 started with the worst state of New Jersey, followed by New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Ohio, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Mississippi and Maryland.
Kansas is headed the wrong way on this list; in 2014, the Sunflower State was seventh from the bottom.
Put bluntly, the extremely costly tax cuts pushed through by Brownback in 2013 are not attracting people to Kansas, despite the governor’s high and delusional hopes about them.
The tax cuts also are not boosting employment in Kansas, which had the eighth worst rate of job growth from November 2014 to November 2015, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Back to the United Van Lines report, Oregon was the “Top Moving Destination,” followed by South Carolina, Vermont, Idaho, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, District of Columbia, Texas and Washington.
“The aging boomer population is driving relocation from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and South, as more and more people retire to warmer regions,” Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a press release.
Kansas needs to have a strong public education system and superb basic services to attract new residents.
Brownback’s tax cuts are sending the state in the wrong direction, by reducing the amount of money available to provide those services to Kansans.