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Karl

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NH migration
« on: December 04, 2003, 03:28:48 pm »

An article in the Union Leader today about migration to NH from other New England states.  And the government of Massachusettes is taking notice of the middle-class flight.  

http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_show.html?article=29768

Growth in southern NH will be a hot issue for years to come.  If we can frame it in our terms it could be a catalyst for pro-liberty reforms, such as relaxed zoning and an end to school and highway subsidies (the latter two subsidize growth at current residents' expense).
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Re:NH migration
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2003, 10:17:47 pm »

Here's the LTTE that I wrote this afternoon in response to this article:

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To the Editor, for publication,

The old adage "vote with your feet" is seeing practical application in the migration of tens of thousands of people from Massachusetts to New Hampshire.

This mirrors a nationwide trend - several months ago the Census Department reported that my former home state of California had lost more people to migration than it gained for the first time in decades. My wife and I joined that exodus when we moved to the Granite State a few weeks ago in search of lower taxes and greater individual liberty.

The politicans in Massachusetts and California can force their citizens to pay high taxes and fees, but unlike their idealogical forebears such as the Soviet Union and East Germany, they can't force them to stay.

Eventually, they might wind up with no one left to tax but themselves and those impoverished by their policies.
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Re:NH migration
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2003, 10:34:35 am »

Good letter Mvpel.
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Re:NH migration
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2003, 06:11:14 pm »

On the topic of Taxachussets immigrants.
It reminds me of discussions I've been having recently on the purchase of land in remote locations, specifically vacation property.
People tend to fall in love with an area for what it offers in the way of differences from their current lifestyle.  Example, far from congestion, close knit community.  Upon arriving they set to improving it to compete with the manor they are accustomed to.  Bigger better infrastructure, Starbucks and Wal Mart.  Thus negating all the uniqueness it originally had to offer.  And indeed making it just like home away from home.

In short, Taxachussets refugees bring socialism and regulation with them.  Perhaps many can be convinced of the merits of freedom but I think most want socialism and a nanny state.  They just want it on their own terms.  
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Re:NH migration
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2003, 01:08:36 am »

On the topic of Taxachussets immigrants.
It reminds me of discussions I've been having recently on the purchase of land in remote locations, specifically vacation property.
People tend to fall in love with an area for what it offers in the way of differences from their current lifestyle.  Example, far from congestion, close knit community.  Upon arriving they set to improving it to compete with the manor they are accustomed to.  Bigger better infrastructure, Starbucks and Wal Mart.  Thus negating all the uniqueness it originally had to offer.  And indeed making it just like home away from home.

In short, Taxachussets refugees bring socialism and regulation with them.  Perhaps many can be convinced of the merits of freedom but I think most want socialism and a nanny state.  They just want it on their own terms.  

This is a common occurrence, as you said.  It has been mentioned more than a dozen times on this forum.  It has already caused some minor problems in New Hampshire.  However, because of MA’s extremist tax system and New Hampshire’s 2nd lowest overall (or there abouts) tax rate in the nation, many of the people that leave MA are adamantly against taxes.  Without high taxes (unless it borrows billions like CA or trillions like the US), government is greatly reduced in its ability to deny its citizens liberty.  

The FSP members that are in NH have also given us hope with their NH Liberty Index House results.  According to the votes they choose, many of the most libertarian House Representatives are Republicans from areas where many of the Boston transplants live.

The NH Liberty Index is at Life Free or Die .org  ( http://www.lfod.org )

The average rating was a 41%.
Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties are the ones that most of the Boston people are moving to.  Hillsborough has the highest rated NH House Rep with 83%.  Hillsborough also has 11 of the top rated 18 Reps.  Also, the majority of Hillsborough’s Reps are over the 41% average; however, Hillsborough also has 12 of the 34 lowest rated Reps.  Rockingham County is not as good.  On the low side, Rockingham has a R with 0% and another with 8%.  It also has a D with 8% and another with 11%.  Rockingham has a lot of R with high rankings, though, including one with the 2nd highest rating of 82%.
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Re:NH migration
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2004, 09:50:17 am »

In my area, Carroll county, which is the vacationland of taxachusetts elite. I have first had knowledge of this. They purchase a vacation home, spend two weeks and or weekends here, and think they can make “policy” for all who live here year round.
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