New York state is ranked the WORST in the country for economic outlook, study finds, as businesses begin to flee amid fears it will take years to recover from the pandemic and widespread protests

New York has the worst economic outlook of any state in the US, according to a recent ranking that comes as thousands flee the Big Apple amid escalating crime and chaos.  
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) published its 13th annual Rich States, Poor States ranking on Wednesday.  The researchers looked at issues such as taxation and the economic competitiveness of the state. 
The economic outlook rating state gross domestic product, absolute domestic migration and non-farm payroll employment.  
Utah, for the 13th year running, was top of the ranking and New York, for the sixth year in a row, was last.   
The future of New York City, one of if not the largest city economy in America, is becoming decreasingly appetizing for the rich thanks to a series of decisions by officials. 
Since March, Mayor Bill de Blasio has stripped the NYPD of $1billion and moved 13,000 homeless people into hotels around the city. 
He has waved off wealthy New Yorkers who fled at the height of the pandemic to avoid getting COVID-19, and says they will be replaced, seemingly paying no heed to the gaping tax deficit they will leave if they pull their money permanently out of the city. 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, by contrast, is begging them to stay to keep the city afloat.  
These are the rankings for economic outlook which measures is based on state gross domestic product, absolute domestic migration and non-farm payroll employment
These are the rankings for economic outlook which measures is based on state gross domestic product, absolute domestic migration and non-farm payroll employment
New York has been ranked the worst state in the nation for its economic outlook
New York has been ranked the worst state in the nation for its economic outlook
The state was hard hit by COVID-19 and protests (pictured), and its economy is suffering
The state was hard hit by COVID-19 and protests (pictured), and its economy is suffering 
Stores which were already struggling due to the pandemic shut due to protests
Stores which were already struggling due to the pandemic shut due to protests
New York was the global epicenter of the pandemic for an agonizing month during which, at its most intense, close to 1,000 people across the state were dying every day.
The lock-down was among the strictest in the country, putting bars and restaurants out of business for 11 weeks. 
The reopening has been just as painful for many businesses. 
Gyms, for example, are still not allowed to welcome customers back. Restaurants and bars that are only allowed to serve people outside are facing strict restrictions which forces them to sell food with alcohol and close their doors by 10pm at the start of the week.  

All of it is creating a mass exodus of New Yorkers which is having a woeful effect on the city and state's economic outlook.  
'One of the ultimate measures of whether a state is successful or not is, are people voting with their feet towards that state or away from that state,' said Jonathan Williams, one of the report's authors. 
'Of course we've seen some big trend lines over the years now by changes in federal policy such as the limitation to state and local tax or SALT deduction that has put pressure on high-tax states and has driven migration away from states like New York.
'We've recently seen these trends accelerate.' 
New York is suffering from a lack of tourism, too, as cultural institutions are closed
New York is suffering from a lack of tourism, too, as cultural institutions are closed
A vandalized bank is seen in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan on May 31
A vandalized bank is seen in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan on May 31
Another, economist Stephen Moore, added: 'You're seeing a migration of people out of these high-tax states. 
'It's really putting a stress on the budgets in states like New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island.'
The other states in the bottom five were Vermont, New Jersey, Illinois and California.
Phil Scott of Vermont is the only Republican governor of the five.
Phil Murphy of New Jersey; J.B. Pritzker of Illinois; Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York are all Democrats.
At the top end of the scale, the governors of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Indiana are all Republicans. 
Only the governor of fifth-best North Carolina, Roy Cooper, is a Democrat.  
Cuomo on August 3 acknowledged that the state, and in particular New York City, was in trouble.
Between March 1 and May 1, some five per cent of New Yorkers fled town. Crime is soaring in the city, with 1,000 people shot already this year and homicide up 50 per cent.
Homeless encampments have cropped up in several areas of Manhattan, to the distress and annoyance of residents. 
Homeless encampments are set up along 24th street in NYC
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Homeless people have taken to living along a stretch of Chelsea's streets in Manhattan
Homeless people have taken to living along a stretch of Chelsea's streets in Manhattan
Upper West Side residents are complaining about homeless people, pictured on August 7
Upper West Side residents are complaining about homeless people, pictured on August 7
The Guardian Angels perform a night patrol of the Upper West Side on August 10
The Guardian Angels perform a night patrol of the Upper West Side on August 10
Homeless people were spotted drinking in the Upper West Side and urinating publicly
Homeless people were spotted drinking in the Upper West Side and urinating publicly
Cuomo said he was begging people to return to New York City from their second-home retreats so they can pay taxes to help offset the state's growing coronavirus-related revenue shortfall.
'I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say: "You got to come back! We'll go to dinner! I'll buy you a drink! Come over, I'll cook!"
'They're not coming back right now. 
'And you know what else they're thinking? "If I stay there, I'll pay a lower income tax," because they don't pay the New York City surcharge.'
He noted that the wealthiest one per cent of New York's population picks up roughly 50 per cent of the state's tax burden.
The plea comes amid dimming hopes that the federal government's next COVID-19 relief package will contain any additional aid for struggling state and local governments.
If additional dollars don't come to New York on top of waning revenue streams, Cuomo and other state officials have said the hit could translate to 20 per cent cuts to health, education and local governments' annual budget.
Donald Trump's Executive Order on COVID relief, which sees unemployment benefits topped up by an additional $400 a week, with the states paying $100 of it, has been greeted with anger by struggling state governors.
States, unlike federal entities, must balance their budgets. 
New York state is ranked the WORST in the country for economic outlook, study finds, as businesses begin to flee amid fears it will take years to recover from the pandemic and widespread protests New York state is ranked the WORST in the country for economic outlook, study finds, as businesses begin to flee amid fears it will take years to recover from the pandemic and widespread protests Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 09:19 Rating: 5

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