Tax migration is not real! (a Twitter thread)

The Kansas Center for Economic Growth
Feb. 7, 2019

As the Kansas Legislature considers Senate Bill 22, policymakers have raised concerns about how the bill could affect the movement of individuals and businesses. Here’s a thread addressing the issue.

Tax migration is not real! (A thread): Kansans rarely move because they want to lower their state income taxes. People are much more likely to move because of new job opportunities, family, weather, and housing costs. https://t.co/afaKKn8OaQ @CenterOnBudget #windfail #ksleg (1/7)— KCEG (@KSprosperity) February 7, 2019

High-income earners that Kansas would stand to lose the most from leaving due to potential tax migration have always, and will continue to, itemize on their tax return. The decoupling provision in #SB22 will have a zero to limited impact on these earners. #windfail #ksleg (2/7)— KCEG (@KSprosperity) February 7, 2019

People and businesses come to and stay in communities because of good schools and colleges. They stay because towns and states are safe, with strong infrastructure and thriving communities, with investment in parks and services. https://t.co/XbT6bSe4no #windfail #ksleg (3/7)— KCEG (@KSprosperity) February 7, 2019

If #ksleg policymakers want to keep Kansans here they need to invest in the state to make it the best place to be, not hand over money to multinationals. While some companies might leave states because of tax incentives, there usually is no strong overall benefit. #windfail (4/7)— KCEG (@KSprosperity) February 7, 2019

In the case of the Kansas/Missouri border war, “few firms would have left the state if they had not benefited from this program. Thus, incentives have little impact on the relocation or expansion decisions of firms.” https://t.co/Xdf4mF4RrM #windfail #ksleg (5/7)— KCEG (@KSprosperity) February 7, 2019

Also, multinational corporations are not responsible for job growth. New and young businesses are the overwhelming source of job creation in the United States. https://t.co/5pgX3nt6b5 #windfail #ksleg (6/7)— KCEG (@KSprosperity) February 7, 2019

Also, multinational corporations are not responsible for job growth. New and young businesses are the overwhelming source of job creation in the United States. https://t.co/5pgX3nt6b5 #windfail #ksleg (6/7)— KCEG (@KSprosperity) February 7, 2019

Tax breaks under the Brownback experiment didn’t lead to an explosion of business activity. Tax reform in 2017 didn’t lead to exodus of existing businesses. Claims about how large corps will behave because of state taxes should be treated skeptically. #windfail #ksleg (bonus)— KCEG (@KSprosperity) February 7, 2019

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