Mayor Eric Adams (D) said that moving to Florida is “very enticing and beautiful” when you compare it to New York’s taxes and that while high taxes are a “serious” issue, “it’s challenging” given New York City’s population and the “obligations” that come with having people coming to the city from distant places, on Wednesday’s episode of WABC’s “Sid & Friends in the Morning.” Adams was responding to a question about why people keep moving from New York to Florida if Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is as bad as Adams says he is.
Here’s where it gets challenging for you, host Sid Rosenberg asked: “You’re going to have to explain, Mayor, why everyone is leaving New York and moving to his state if all those things are true, and he’s such a poor Governor and he’s so anti-American in all those areas. If he really is such a mess, how can you explain that?”
“Well, I believe you look at some pretty key areas,” Adams said in response. “When you consider our laws, our tax rules in this state, and the tax laws in Florida, it is incredibly alluring and beautiful. We pay some of the highest income tax rates in states like New York and California. That’s a very real problem, and it’s real. But it’s challenging when your city has 8.5 million inhabitants. The Statue of Liberty has long been in New York City’s port. You and I, along with other members of our family, traveled great distances to arrive here, and as a result, we have a lot of responsibilities. However, this area has also historically been prosperous and wealthy.”
“He rants about crime,” he continued. “Many people are unaware that Florida actually has a higher murder rate than New York City when you look at the statistics. Here murders decreased by double digits last year, and they have decreased by 12.5% this year. But if you compare Florida to our state, they had 7.3 murders per 100,000 people in ’21 compared to ours was 5.5. Therefore, despite the fact that crime in New York is a problem, the statistics don’t stack up against Florida.”
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