Gee, I wonder why . . .

ALBANY, N.Y. — A new report from the nonprofit Tax Foundation shows people moving out of the state during the last decade took $45.6 billion in personal income from New York’s economy, the most in the nation.

The Washington, D.C.-based foundation says its calculations and map showing migration among states from 2000 to 2010 are based on Internal Revenue Service data.They show California the second-largest income loser, down $29.4 billion, followed by Illinois, down $20.4 billion.

The nonpartisan foundation says Florida had the biggest gain at $67.3 billion, followed by Arizona at $17.7 billion and Texas at $17.6 billion.

Among Northeastern states, New Hampshire gained $2.2 billion.

New Jersey lost $15.7 billion.

The total of personal income in New York was $646 billion in 2010.

The foundation says the data in 2010 dollars exclude births, deaths and foreign migration. (source)

Interestingly, the blue states losing their tax-paying citizens to red states are also those with the toughest gun laws and the highest state and local taxes.  But I’m sure none of that has anything to do with the mass migration from blue to red states.