People are fleeing California in droves.
And many other Democrat-run states are suffering a similar fate.
It’s all because of one catastrophic decision that Gavin Newsom made.
The COVID pandemic turned American politics on its head. It threw the U.S. economy into chaos and led to entire states locking down and shuttering small businesses.
Of course, some states were much more inclined to take those extreme measures than others were.
Democrat governors across America took drastic steps to impose lockdowns and mandates on their citizens.
They thought these measures would lead to a reduction in COVID transmission and deaths. But that didn’t happen. There was no major difference in COVID numbers between red states and blue states.
What did happen, though, is that people began fleeing the blue states that had lockdowns, and heading to red states that had freedom.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, “By many measures, red states – those that lean Republican – have recovered faster economically than Democratic-leaning blue ones, with workers and employers moving from the coasts to the middle of the country and Florida.”
“Since February 2020, the month before the pandemic began, the share of all U.S. jobs located in red states has grown by more than half a percentage point, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Brookings Institution think tank. Red states have added 341,000 jobs over that time, while blue states were still short 1.3 million jobs as of May.”
Two governors in particular are responsible for this, and for completely opposite reasons: Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, and Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.
Newsom implemented the strictest lockdowns in the entire nation. Some of these restrictions continued for years, even into 2022 – far beyond the point where they had any utility.
DeSantis, on the other hand, opened Florida up, and saw a business and tourism boom. Their housing market went through the roof as people flocked to move there.
This paid off for DeSantis, at the expense of governors like Newsom.
The article continues, “The states that gained the most, led by Florida, Texas and North Carolina, are almost all red, as defined by the Cook Political Report based on how states voted in the past two presidential elections. The states that lost the most residents are almost all blue, led by California, New York and Illinois.”
“Florida is on track to register a record budget surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30, which it attributes in part to new residents. The state is putting most of the extra money into a reserve fund to protect state agencies and residents during the next downturn, while investing in school construction and raising teacher pay, a spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said.”
It’s becoming clear that states like Florida, which are well-run conservative states, are better places to live than miserable disasters like California.
And as more Californians and New Yorkers see their friends and families escape to places like Florida, the balance of power will continue to shift.