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There are 12 comments on Q&A: Why Are So Many People Leaving Massachusetts?

    1. Agreed! Absolutely true.
      But I would add crime and homeless as a tipping point. I moved to FL in 2020 because I was sick of being panhandled when on the street.

      I’m willing to put up with some downsides to live in an a city with superior arts, culture, business, entertainment, etc. But MA has just exceed my tolerance with excess taxes, illegal immigrants, and crime. Sorry- Florida has been so much better despite not having the educational institutions, businesses, and cultural institutions. I’ll give up the Pops and the Symphony, taxes, and the scary MBTA to live in FL

    2. Tom, I completely agree. I’m also frustrated with the benefits illegal immigrants are getting when compared to veterans and long time residents. We should definitely help who we can but our veterans and citizens should come first.

  1. 4% millionaires tax (enacted to state constitution recently) does not help keeping wealthy people and corporations here to contribute to economy.

    1. One word : Taxachusettes

      Middle class is being squeezed out.

      That and housing costs are ridiculous.

      I am a native NYer, and back in the 1980s when I was a student Boston housing was half the cost of NYC. No more.

      Today as a retiree, there are better tax policies even in my high tax state, compared to MA (estate taxes and pension treated better in NY than MA).

      Why would young people stay who can’t afford housing ? Why would retirees stay if their pension and estate will be taxed ?

      And the NYC MTA runs far better than MBTA does now or ever did. I love Boston but it has become a difficult place to live.

  2. It’s pretty simple. The cost of living here is ludicrously high, and the government here likes to steal 30%+ of the money you make at work. It’s borderline impossible to be able to afford to start a family or a business in this state.

  3. I grew up in NJ, attended and graduated UMASS (‘89). I would have stayed in Massachusetts but even then it was too expensive. I migrated to Florida (too hot!) then landed in north Georgia (hot but at least every once in a while I get a dusting of snow). Now our youngest is at BU and loves Boston (both the university and the city). Being back in MA to visit her, I regret not trying to stay but moving back now is not an option with the cost of living! It is and was always the cost!

  4. Great article…I grew up here and once our two daughters (who both are in high school now) graduate, my wife and I plan to move near family in North Carolina. One reason is warmer weather as we age, and the other is to be able to afford to live in retirement. MA will always be home, but…

  5. This is just Mass. Born in Brighton in 1964, left in 1996 to buy a home in Phoenix AZ. I’ll certainly send my kid here to go to college though.

  6. Great comments! I’m a 70-year-old native of Massachusetts. This state is committing suicide and it’s only going to get worse. The Mayor of Boston is proposing a split property tax that will basically eliminate anyone considering setting up shop in Boston in the future. Take a trip to Holyoke in Western Mass and see the result of a split rate. The only businesses coming in are being bribed with tax amnesties and grants to setup businesses. The city used to be a destination and now you have to pay people to go there. The immigration situation is going to bankrupt this state and will only get worse with the decreased tax revenue from people packing up and heading to New Hampshire, Florida or Tennessee. The city I live in is proposing a 3-million-dollar override because we cannot live within our means, Our elected officials are lucky they have the power of taxation but with people fleeing at unprecedented rates the party is going to come to an end real soon!

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