Gov. Charlie Baker at his inauguration. (Karyn Regal/WBZ NewsRadio)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Gov. Charlie Baker’s inaugural address yesterday was a litany of congratulation to himself and the legislature, and rightly so.
While far from perfection, they have worked well together to deal with the opioid crisis, finally start fixing the T, and perhaps most importantly, help build economic growth.
“We have more people working than at any time in state history,” said Baker with justifiable pride. “Our labor force participation rate is at an all-time high.”
But the lovefest went just a bit too far when Baker added: “people are moving to Massachusetts because we offer good jobs and opportunity.”
Actually, no, that’s not quite true.
In an unfortunate coincidence for Baker’s spin, United Van Lines is out with their annual study of “state-to-state migration patterns.” And it shows Massachusetts has the seventh-largest gap between people moving in and moving out, nearly 12 percent more leaving than arriving.
Fifty-five percent of those who moved in said they did so to take a job, but 51% cited work as the reason why they left.
It’s not just a bunch of snowbirds either--people under 64 account for 77% of the departed.
And perhaps worst of all, the majority of those who left were earning $150 grand a year or more, suggesting those most able to flee are most likely to.
Kudos to Gov. Baker and the legislature for trying to make Massachusetts a magnet.
But let’s not play pretend that the job is anywhere near done.
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