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April 29, 2018

A Word on Migration

In a recent Op-Ed article that appeared in the WSJ, the authors Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore offer an interesting perspective on the potential impact of Trump tax bill’s cap on the deduction of state and local tax on the migration patters across the US. If what they are saying does in fact materialize, it could potentially be very beneficial for many multifamily markets.


According to the excerpt below, the authors expect New York and California residents to leave those states in droves:


“Now that the SALT subsidy is gone, how bad will it get for high-tax blue states? Very bad. We estimate, based on the historical relationship between tax rates and migration patterns, that both California and New York will lose on net about 800,000 residents over the next three years—roughly twice the number that left from 2014-16. Our calculations suggest that Connecticut, New Jersey and Minnesota combined will hemorrhage another roughly 500,000 people in the same period.”


The full article could be found here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/so-long-california-sayonara-new-york-1524611900


Another recent article in The Seattle Times https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/seattle-just-one-of-5-big-metros-last-year-that-had-more-people-move-here-than-leave-census-data-show/ also talks about how people have been moving to the Sunbelt states (and now Seattle too) for years from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other large metros.

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