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    This comes as no surprise, both blue states! If memory serves, wasn't it CT that raised taxes retroactively. It's stupid things like this that gives one itch on the heal. Californicate is a good example, HIGH taxes and a govt dependency mentality, and an unfriendly business environment to boot. Many folks and business have left, and are leaving for more friendly environs, such as Texas and Arizona, et al. What is curious though, is that many folks are jumping ship for the very reasons given, and go to a red States, such as Montana and want to change things there for the very same reasons they left their blue state in the first place. Their brains have to be wired differently, no?
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    Free is a relative term. Evey force that manipulates the herds, use it to garnish their herds with. In the end the herd discovers freedom is far more expensive than they had ever dreamed of. Those of the herd will never aspire or taste freedom as they fear to incorporate the discipline that it requires of them.
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    @S-N-A-F-U Here in Oregon we have that problem, mainly with people from California. They screwed up their state and then come up here and want to do the same things.
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    Both are for the most part states controlled by democrats with high taxes. I guess I'm not that surprised by Illinois but I really don't know much about Connecticut.
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    Yeah, who needs states that actually PAY for their programs? Just do what the GOP does and make the feds bail you out or just put in on the credit card, because taxes bad.
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    @AceLuby I'm surprised at your comments. Everything I have heard about Illinois is that it is a financial basket case due to mismanagement and excessive pensions. So you think its an example for other states that are in good shape financially?
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    @AceLuby I wish I could go to my boss every time I spent money stupidly and demand he give me a raise.

    Sir, my trip to Ireland is not paid. But, sir, the trip is already booked. Now it's just a debt I owe. You are going to have to give me more money. I'm sorry.
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    Another one-party Democrat state ... a couple of months ago, the governor was going to give every citizen (not every taxpayer)$55 back because we had a surplus. Never mind the fact that it was a surplus of BORROWED money. Yesterday we were told that instead of having a surplus, we have a $1.3B deficit ... the reason they're giving is that they didn't get enough capital gains taxes, sales taxes, etc. Gee, Governor Malloy ... do you think it has anything to do with the fact that you and the legislature have made this the worst state in which to start or run a business, retire, or simply to live? Oh, no ... it couldn't possibly be that because you have declared the CT is "open for business)! What a crock of BS ... you're not fooling anyone.
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    The criteria of the test is vague at best and certainly not conclusive. You can love living where you are yet still like to explore living in another state, especially if you are a liberal. Id have more faith in the test if the question was a CITY rather than entire state, followed by "why". Some states are larger than countries, and as such,( and adding the unique diversity which the USA has more of than other country in the world) are different from city-to-city, or town-to-town. I mean, sure you could say" I want to leave California because I'm afraid the big-one will hit and the west coast will fall into the water" but that has nothing to do with living in the state, or even the specific region you may live in.
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    If you're a liberal, please move to CT and help those of us who work in the private sector pay for the pensions of the state employees, teachers and the high number of welfare recipients we have! This is one of the bluest of the blue states ... you'll love it!
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    Chromalord is headed in the right direction. I am a true believer that every state has good things to offer. Some states have more diverse climates or geography and offer more choices to their citizens. But, this nation is made up of many different places and each has its own culture. And, most of the folks living in each will fiercely defend the way they do things.
    The only real differences that causes grief is the state and local governments along with the climates. So look at the top 10 in this survey and figure it out for yourself.
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    Too little, too late. Both Chicago and Illinois residents should have been polled before 2008, to see if any social engineering miracles happened -- before the Dem media pushed Obamalaise on the rest of America.
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    Yeah... couldn't possibly be those people south of Chicago that hate being overshadowed by the city. Nope, of course it's dems, because to you guys EVERYTHING wrong is because of dems, no logic or thought needed. Problem? Blame democrats.
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    @AceLuby Your party has taxed the working class to the point they can no longer live the American dream and you wonder why they want to move? I would almost bet it is NOT the leeches looking for a new home...
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    @AceLuby Dems have for many years been infiltrated by Marxists. You may not believe this or worse you may not care. It's so evident to me and am sure many others out there. Any country or society with Marxism as their practice can't feed it's people and requires much blind obedience and very limited freedom. It's only survival is a police state, and farm surplus shipments from the USA. This is history and not onion. So why not blame democrats, Marxism is where they are heading
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    Thats why I left Connecticut years ago. It dawned on me I could not survive on one paycheck as a single mom. No matter what I did I would be locked into welfare for the rest of my days. No thanks.
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    The list is no surprise at all - if you ranked states by socialist government, IL, CT, RI, MD, and NV would be in the top ten. Maybe not Nevada and Connecticut, but they have been in a severe downward slide for 20 years, so their residents remember the good old days.

    I grew up in Maryland, and had to move when taxation went out of control; ask any Maryland resident not from the city of Baltimore, and they'll tell you they don't get enough for their tax dollar.
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    I did some math the other day. Each tax payer pays the equivalent of over $45,000 per year. If you add everyone sans children it is almost $29,000 per person every year. Does anyone get that level of services?
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    @Ryuo I grew up in CT. it was not a nanny-state/welfare state/socialist state back then. I have watched in extreme disappointment as it grew more repressive of rights and less respectful of those who actually pay taxes. it is a lot like the People's Democratic Republik of MD now.
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    Tax dollar? What are you....selfish? Why can't you be comfortable with the fact that your tax money goes to welfare, govt housing, food stamps, clothing, housing, health care for illegals and last but not least......Salaries for the guys running this place.
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    @Unfit2serve That's not going to stop them from blaming democrats. Don't you know that everything good is because of conservatives and everything bad is because of liberalism/marxism/communism/s ocialism (they are all the same to conservatives).
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    @AceLuby
    I look at it this way. Obama's "turn-out" machine moved the bar on elections, the best ever in history. If the Dems figure out how to turn out their voters in November, setting a precedent for midterms and Democrats, and get voters to the polls as well as they've learned to use media and tech during POTUS election years........it is all over but the shouting, because the ONLY way Republicans win is by turning out their base in humongous numbers, in off-election years. If Dems turn out in large ##'s it is over for the GOP, every year. As Jim Morrison used to say: "they've got the guns, but we've got the numbers..." Despite all the hysterics, that possibility if the GOPs biggest worry. No one has ever turned out voters like the Dems did in 2008 and 2012.
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    @Unfit2serve Yes, and the number of dead people who voted has never been higher! In Bridgeport, CT the voting/ballots were particularly filled with two-time voters, dead people and non-existent people. The Republican candidate lost by a VERY slim margin ... probably just about equal to the number of fraudulent votes governor Malloy received.
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    Not surprised at all, I live in CT and would pack my bags in a heartbeat. The state government is corrupt and if not corrupt, they are the exact reason I am in favor of term limits. Then we have former politicians all run-a-muck, but, we do have UCONN.
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    I love Connecticut and have lived here most of my life. It's a beautiful state, and there are tons of fascinating places to visit and a great shoreline. Unfortunately, I really can't afford to live here any longer ... the taxes on EVERYTHING are out of this world. I can't save a penny towards retirement and at the ripe old age of 61 have to get a roommate to have the money to fix the condo up just to sell it! Add to that the fact that in the winter it's too far from anywhere decent to ski, and there are only about 3 months out of the year during which you can do anything. The only reason I'm still here is that because of my age, I'm afraid I can't get a job anywhere else.
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    My younger son lives in Southern Il and it is a joke. Gas is about 30 cents more a gallon than in MO. as is everything else. His streets are horrible and the powers that be really don't care. Democrat stranglehold for decades.
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    The natural versus man made environment is the common thread. People prefer natural habitats over densely populated, industrialized regions. More prefer cool over hot. More prefer higher ground over flood zones. People on a visceral level care about their environment even as they may want nothing to do with protecting it in favor of the ECONOMY.
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    Balancing the economy and environment are both important. Balance is vital.

    Using your criteria it's no wonder I love Wyoming and Colorado.
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    Where one wants to live is strongly dependent on age of person. Younger people gravitate toward states with more urban populated areas while older folks prefer sttes that have slower paced less dense areas. I'd bet that most of these respondents were older than forty.
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    To quote W.C. Fields "If my house was in Philly and my home was in hell.... I would sell my house and go home". God damn Flyers....broke my heart again.
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    Ah, Illinois - the cosmic center of political corruption.
    The home of Al Capone, and many a politician machine.
    Where policeman, judges, mayors, and governors - proudly wear a price tag on their foreheads.

    yep... one can but wonder why the stampede out of state had not started years ago.

    Alas, now those unfortunates are left behind - too poor to afford a bus ticket.
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    The people of both these states dug their graves by electing the twits they elected. I only hope the ones who do move out don't bring those same influences with them.
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    "I only hope the ones who do move out don't bring those same influences with them."

    I wouldn't count on that.
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