"I can't wait to get out of here. I really can't," the native New Yorker said on his radio program this week. "I don't want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can't wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it."
He said he was considering a move to Florida or Texas, where there's no state income tax. "I haven't decided yet, but I'm leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish."
"As you prepare to 'Escape from New York,' I sincerely hope you’ll choose Texas as the destination for your family, your business and the traditional values that are apparently no longer welcome in the Empire State," Dewhurst's letter read. "Our state’s economic vitality and conservative culture might be a little overwhelming at first after you’ve spent years dealing with New York’s high taxes, oppressive regulations and liberal social values, but I’m certain you’ll fit right in."
Last week, Cuomo, a Democrat, said pro-life conservatives had "no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are."
-- Anna M. Tinsley