January 6, 2005

THE [FEWER] CONGRESSMEN THE BETTER:

Dubious distinction worries Massachusetts: What's wrong with the only state to lose residents in new census data? (Sara B. Miller, 1/07/05, CS Monitor)

To be sure, the net decline was small, at just over 3,800 residents. Some say an undercount of the state's student body could mean there was no slip at all. Still, the numbers follow decades of slow population growth in Massachusetts - whose population has risen just 1.1 percent since 2000 as states in the South and West have boomed.

Experts say the state's weak job market and high housing prices are to blame. And while the loss does not represent a radical shift, some experts worry about long-term effects on the tax base - especially since many of those leaving are believed to be middle class - if the trend does not turn around.


Do they really find comfort in the notion of being a giant dorm?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2005 7:34 PM
Comments

Based on the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling, that would be a giant same sex dorm, which is even less fun...

Posted by: John at January 6, 2005 8:01 PM

If you view the role of government as transferring money from the productive to the non-productive, what better voting bloc than the student proletariat?

Posted by: Bart at January 6, 2005 9:57 PM

"Fewer" Congressmen.

Posted by: Twn at January 6, 2005 11:21 PM

2 Acre lot minimums in the fast growing central towns and stringent zoning
designed to keep out undesirables is having the side effect of squeazing the lower middle-class.

Posted by: J.H. at January 7, 2005 9:45 AM
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