A recent survey by Zogby shows that the top reason people "are considering or have made plans to leave New York state and reside somewhere else" is because taxes are too high.
36.7% of the people who responded chose taxes as their top reason for wanting to leave New York. A mere 7.7% of people would leave New York because of the weather.
I recently noted that New York went against the trend and raised taxes in 2021.
News like this makes me extremely grateful that my sister (who is a cardiologist) chose to move to Rochester to be close to my family.
Here are the relevant pages from the Zogby survey (with highlights added by me):
SeeNew Yorkers confirm: High taxes are pushing them to flee the state in droves (3/12/2022) by the Editorial Board of the New York Post ("Last year, when Dems slapped another $4 billion tax on high-end earners, making the top combined city-and-state rate a whopping 14.8%, we asked if lawmakers were actively “trying to fuel a mass exodus.” Looks like that’s exactly what they’ve done.").