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For Release: IMMEDIATELY, August 2, 2011
Joshua Fitzpatrick, (518) 455-3751,
NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: 1.6 Million New Yorkers "Voted With Their Feet" And Have Left The Empire State Since 2000
Leader Kolb says lack of jobs, nation-leading taxes and Albany's anti-business regulatory policies continue to drive away New Yorkers, send a message that the Empire State is not open for business


"Today's report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy confirms a painful and obvious truth: our state leads the nation in population loss, as 1.6 million New Yorkers left our state from 2000 to 2010. As a percentage of total population, New York's net domestic migration loss is the highest of all 50 states. 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.

Albany's fiscal irresponsibility - such as doing nothing about the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Interest Assessment Surcharge being imposed on our already struggling businesses - will continue sending the message that New York is NOT open for business. We need to reverse course immediately by capping state spending, cutting taxes on businesses and transforming our State Agencies from job destroyers to job creators. This is the public policy agenda Albany must pursue."

Editor's Note: Today's report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy detailing New York State's continued population loss - "Empire State's Half-Century Exodus: A Population Migration Overview" - is available at the Center's website and via the following direct link:

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