That’s just my opinion.
Meanwhile, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is responding to the tax shortfall in his (our) state with a plan to cut taxes. And his justification, repeated during the campaign, and now during his State of the State message, includes these two claims:
“We’ve had the largest mass exodus of taxpayers fleeing our state – of any state in our region, and one of the worst in the nation.”
“Businesses, jobs and taxpayers have been fleeing our state at an alarming rate.”
As a dedicated public servant — who just got furloughed, lost a cost of living pay increase, and lost a merit pay increase, while our students are getting a tuition increase because of the state’s disastrous tax shortfall — I remain doggedly committed to pursuing truth.
So, the “mass exodus of taxpayers” fleeing our state:
Yes, population growth was a little slower than the regional and national averages for a couple years there. But the 25+ population has grown every year but one since 2001. Checking my definition of “exodus” now…
And the “jobs … fleeing our state at an alarming rate”:
The source for both figures is my calculations from the American Community Survey via IPUMS.org.
Addendum: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Maryland employment trends here. Here is the employment trend from 2004: