A growing number of New Yorkers are rushing south due to the Empire State’s “budget crash,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said in an interview on Tuesday.
With new US census data showing a booming population in Florida and declining elsewhere, DeSantis said regressive tax policies were to blame for the leak.
“They tax and regulate to deter people from leaving their state,” he told Fox Radio host Guy Benson. “The base is shrinking so they have to start over to try to square the circle. And you just can’t have it. So states like Illinois, New York – they’re in freefall and they’re probably not going to be willing to change their policies.
While Florida has seen its seams tighten with 211,000 newcomers in 2021, New York’s population has shrunk by 400,000, according to new US census figures.
DeSantis fired off a flurry of political fanatics during the interview, arguing that California – which lost 262,000 people – lost its population due to “failed policies”.
Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom recently skewered DeSantis, saying, “I’m not looking for inspiration from this particular governor” — and accusing him of empty theater.
Newsom criticized his COVID approach and his war on critical race theory – which the Californian said “doesn’t exist”.
“It’s rather absurd,” he said. “And that’s why I respectfully submit that a lot of that is pure performance.”
DeSantis pointed to the census dashboard in his response.
“Well, I would say first how many people are leaving his state, fleeing to come to mine for freedom and vice versa?” he said. “And I guarantee you we’re winning on the net – immigrants are leaving California in numbers we’ve never seen because of its failed policies.”
DeSantis, who has flipped casually from one culture war front to another in recent weeks, noted that the influx of Blue State émigrés has had a surprising political impact.
The potential 2024 presidential candidate said the number of registered Republicans increased during his time in Tallahassee.
“Today we can report that Republicans in Florida now outnumber Democrats by over 100,000 registered voters,” he said in the interview. “So you’re looking at a swing of close to 400,000 signups.”
He argued that Florida’s emergence as a top Republican beacon is drawing fire from influential Democrats, including President Biden.
DeSantis said his state “leads the free world” – supporters of his often controversial policies see Florida as the new “citadel of freedom”.
Rising crime rates in other parts of the country have also spurred interest, he said.
“A lot of families were like, look, I need to live in a law and order state,” he said. “So the number of people I’ve met, like Washington State or Minnesota, who say one of the breaking points for them was the fact that crime was exploding.”
DeSantis drew particularly fierce criticism this week after signing a bill that bans teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.
Funders argued that the subjects were inappropriate for young children.
Critics — including top Disney executives — called it a “Don’t Say Gay” bill and called it a discriminatory attack on the LGBTQ community.
New York Post