Opinion| Mark Sidney| For once I can say that Donald Trump is following in my footsteps … even if he doesn’t know it.
I am an expat of the People’s Republic of New Jersey who fled to a 0 state income tax state in order to try and actually keep some of the money I earned.
It looks like President Trump is now following the same plan, albeit ‘allegedly’ for different reasons.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that he has officially changed his permanent residence from New York to Palm Beach, Florida.
Although Trump was born and raised a New Yorker, he is allegedly making the move because of the way politicians in his home state have treated him.
“I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “I hated having to make this decision, but in the end it will be best for all concerned. As President, I will always be there to help New York and the great people of New York. It will always have a special place in my heart!
The court documents for Trump’s change of address were originally obtained by the New York Times. The President changed his address from Trump Tower in New York City to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Melania also changed her permanent residence on the document.
“If I maintain another place or places of abode in some other state or states, I hereby declare that my above-described residence and abode in the State of Florida constitutes my predominant and principal home, and I intend to continue it permanently as such,” the document stated.
The document stated, “I formerly resided at 721 Fifth Avenue.”
The President has been at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for 99 days since becoming president. Compare this number to the 20 days he has spent at Trump Tower since then, as reported by NBC News.
More from Fox News:
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the president of making the move so he can shield his tax information from New York authorities.
“Donald Trump doesn’t want the state of New York to see his taxes—I wonder why,” Warren wrote. “Let’s call this out for what it is: Corruption, plain and simple. Under my anti-corruption plan, all presidential candidates would be required to release their tax returns.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ended his own run for the presidency, echoed Cuomo’s remarks.
“Don’t let the door hit you on the way out or whatever,” de Blasio wrote
Trump is due to make an appearance in New York City this weekend to attend an MMA fight at Madison Square Garden. He’s scheduled to spend Saturday night at Trump Tower.
While Trump said his change of residence was due to poor treatment by New York officials, some have speculated he could be doing so for tax purposes. Florida does not have a state income tax or an inheritance tax and has long been a haven for wealthy former New Yorkers.
In August, Heritage Foundation chief economist Steve Moore appeared on “The Daily Briefing” to say that New Yorkers fleeing to Florida for tax purposes may be the “biggest economic story” in the country.
He said there are four so-called “states of the apocalypse”– New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Illinois – from where residents are fleeing in droves due to high taxes and state budget issues.
Moore said the states benefiting the most from this population movement are Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and North Carolina.
The exodus has begun, which means that it is only a matter of time before the economies of these socialist states collapse in on themselves …