Were taxes an issue in the 2014 midterm election?

My Magnificent Seven colleague A.P. Dillon tweeted this morning,

Which brought up the question in my mind, Were taxes an issue in the 2014 midterm election?

Obamacare, as Chief Justice Roberts ruled, is a tax, and it appears to have been a factor in last November’s election, since half of the Senators who voted for Obamacare won’t be part of new Senate.

Obamacare aside, voters at the polls did not appear to be directly energized by the issue of taxes.

The key word is directly.

Indirectly, however, things are happening:

The US Census Bureau announced last week that New York slipped to fourth place in population among the 50 states.

Though babies are still born here every day, and immigrants still flock in, overall population growth lags because New Yorkers are abandoning the state.

Don’t blame the weather. Blustery Montana and North Dakota aren’t having this problem. New Yorkers are escaping high taxes and dismal job growth.

Other high-tax states like Illinois and New Jersey, which has the country’s second-highest tax burden, are also hemorrhaging residents. Families are uprooting and moving to places with lower taxes, more growth and fossil-fuel-friendly policies.

The residents who fled the high-state taxes essentially gave up on changing the local and state politics, so they picked up and left.

So are New Jerseyans. Despite having a Republican governor, they’re among the most taxed Americans, and nearly 200,000 decamped in the last four years in search of a better deal.

New Jersey, for instance, has some of the highest school and local taxes in the country; then you have state income taxes – and how has that worked out?

New Jersey was a high-growth state until it added an income tax in 1976.

And, if you die in New Jersey, your estate gets to pay estate taxes and your heirs pay inheritance taxes.

Not to mention all the taxes your business has to pay the State, on top of the costs of conducting business in N.J.

“But governor Christie’s a Republican!” you may respond. A fat lot of good that has done (all puns intended).

I ought to know. I upped and moved to Florida six months ago.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.