What to Know: The pandemic led to a “great wealth migration” as people and businesses fled states such as California that kept lockdown policies in place for longer than other states.
The TPPF Take: Money walks, and policies matter—even for the non-wealthy.
“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it isn’t just the rich and famous leaving California,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “Every year for the past 15 years, about 100,000 more Californians leave the state than other Americans move in, with the most popular destination consistently Texas, 1,300 miles to the east.”
For more on the California exodus, click here.
What to Know: It’s not just policies. The cost of living in Pennsylvania is skyrocketing so high that its government wants to send state resident checks for $2,000.
The TPPF Take: Cost of living also drives Americans to red states.
“People are flooding to Texas, not just from the east coast, but from all over the country,” says TPPF LLC member Jonathan Reich. “Low taxes, low crime rates, and the freedom to live your life without fear of government intervention are bringing thousands to the state.”
For more from Johnathan on his own move to Texas, click here.
School Resource Officers
What to Know: School resource officers—and school district police—are back in the news, in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting.
The TPPF Take: It’s time to rethink school district police, which often lack the training and experience of regular police departments.
“School Resource Officers are mandated to have additional active shooter training, but may not have access to the necessary tactical training available to larger departments,” says TPPF’s Derek Cohen. “Furthermore, it is exceedingly rare for district police departments to have enough personnel coverage to allow a member to participate in regional tactical units.”
For more on school resource officers, click here.