* Mark Brown on the net out-migration from Illinois…
Darren Lubotsky, an associate professor of economics at the University of Illinois and another handy guy with census data, cautions against using the population statistics to support a particular political narrative.
“Illinois has been a net exporter of people for a long time. These are long-term trends. This isn’t caused by the latest state budget crisis or anything like that,” Lubotsky said. “This isn’t something that just happened in the last 10 years.”
And no matter how many Illinois residents are talking about moving, relatively few actually will, he said. That’s just the pattern throughout the U.S. in recent years.
I can’t discount the connection between government policies, jobs and migration. But I don’t accept that the best solution is to create an Illinois economy where employers reign supreme, the rich get richer and workers suck it up like in the Good Old Days.
If that’s where we’re headed, I’m going to need to start looking for a beach. [Emphasis added.]