An S.O.S. to PolitiFact on high-earners leaving RI

Projo columnist Ed Achorn says wealthy Rhode Islanders are leaving the state in significant numbers because of high taxes. NEARI official and Rhode Island’s Future contributor Pat Crowley says that’s dead wrong.

This debate has been going on for ages, and I for one would like to know who’s right – or, if both men have some of the facts on their side, what those facts tell us about economic migration. But I’m afraid I don’t have the time to really examine their claims as closely as I would like.

This, then, would seem like a perfect job for PolitiFact Rhode Island, The Journal’s new fact-checking site. I realize it might be a little awkward for Tim Murphy and his team, since Achorn is their colleague – but hey, all the more reason to show that PolitiFact weighs claims and issues judgments without fear or favor.

So how ’bout it, PolitiFact? Rhode Island turns¬†its bleary eyes to you.

Update: Justin Katz says I mischaracterized Achorn’s (and his) concerns.

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