We might as well call it the Texodus, because while not everybody leaving Louisiana is heading west across the Sabine River, that’s where a plurality of them are surely going.
When you’re raising taxes in Louisiana you’re really raising Texas, and thanks to our illustrious governor and his apparent 65 percent approval rate from a population complacent with an incompetent, destruction and rapacious government, that’s exactly what we’re doing here.
Louisiana was one of just eight states that saw its population drop last year – after thousands of people moved to other states, new Census figures show.
The latest updated population estimates released this week span from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017.
For Louisiana, the net decrease was fewer than 2,000 people, but figures show 27,515 people moved from Louisiana to other states during that year-long period. That outpaced the state’s 18,017 natural increases, or the difference between the 63,066 births during the year and 45,049 deaths.
Only Illinois, West Virginia and Wyoming lost more people than Louisiana in the July 2016 to July 2017 year covered.
Other states that saw their population decline were Mississippi, Alaska, Hawaii and North Dakota.
So you had the equivalent of the population of Morehouse Parish pick up and leave the state, principally to Texas, and only about 7,000 people moved in. That was the first full year of John Bel Edwards’ tenure in office.
This after net outmigration had been largely shut down during the eight years of Edwards’ predecessor.
We’ve been talking about this all week, of course. None of it is a surprise. Everybody in Louisiana knows someone who has either left or is leaving. The guess is next year’s numbers will show the Texodus is accelerating rather than slowing down.
Elections have consequences, after all. How do you like yours, Louisiana? Based on the polls, seems like the answer is “just fine.”