Stephen Moore and Dr. Art Laffer discuss Rich States, Poor States and Wealth of States at the 2015 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Convention in San Diego


Ever used any of the data in Rich States, Poor States? At this year’s American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Convention, co-authors Stephen Moore and Dr. Art Laffer talk about how they come up with much of the intellectual ammunition that goes into the “economic Bible” and some of the facts and figures from the book they co-authored along with Travis Brown and Rex Sinquefield, Wealth of States.

Numbers don’t lie – “there has been so much growth in the red states, and so much exodus in the blue states,” said Stephen Moore. In the book, Wealth of States, “four of the largest states in the US – Texas, California, Florida, and New York – account for 1/3 of the population…but since people vote with their feet, they are leaving the blue states of California and New York for Texas and Florida where there is no income tax.”

People certainly aren’t leaving beautiful  San Diego for Houston because of the weather. It’s because of simple tax policy.

A recent Gallop poll asked, “Where do people want to move from?” Top contenders – Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Connecticut. All states that put a high price on work, and improvise their own citizens. States like Texas understand this, and because of the work Rick Perry did while in office Texas created more jobs during the years 2007-13 than ALL other 49 states combined.

If you are a legislator interested in learning how you can help implement these changes in your state, watch the video above.