Mr. Weatherford, THIS is the reason people move from Illinois to Florida. Trust me, I know!
Yesterday, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford tried to explain to a group of people that “conservative governance”, such as in Florida, will prevail over “liberal governance”, as in Illinois, and people will leave Illinois to go to Florida precisely for this reason. The more Weatherford tried to explain his “governance theory”, the more misinformation he gave to his audience.
As many of you know, I live in Illinois, yet I right about Florida politics. Why is this?
As far as why I write about Florida politics, it is because it is something I know. Some of the people who read this blog weren’t even born when I started in Florida politics. And while I am not a “hands on approach” type of person when it comes to politics, I have intensely studied voting trends and done extensive research over the last 20 years.
But why do I live in Illinois? It is by my choice. I am very proud to be an Illinoisan and a Chicagoan. But even with this, I will more than likely move to another state in the near future so that I can complete my PhD. And one of those states will not be Florida. I will more than likely never move back to Florida. And the main reason why this is the case is that people like Speaker Weatherford, Jeb Bush, Rick Scott and others have turned Florida into a national laughing stock. If Florida were to change, I would consider moving back, but not with this leadership.
Being from a family that moved from Chicago to Orlando in 1987, I can tell Mr. Weatherford first hand why people migrate from Illinois to Florida. It has nothing to do with taxes (unless you are mega rich) or any of the other things that he mentions. It has to do with the fact that the high in Chicago today is 33 degrees and currently in Orlando it is 72 degrees. This is why people move from the north to Florida, yet Mr. Weatherford fails to grasp this simple concept.
Another thing that Mr. Weatherford fails to mention when talking about taxes is the actual tax rates. In Illinois, the state income tax is at 3%, which is the lowest income tax rate in the nation. This means that in every “conservative governance” state that has an income tax, taxes at a higher rate than Illinois. So, Mr. Weatherford, you might want to do a little bit more research on “taxes” before you start blasting the State of Illinois.
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