IRS tax migration tells a compelling story about where Americans move, and that data backs up the DLA message: digital learning initiatives drive a more qualified workforce, yield fewer dropouts, and results in lower state taxes.
The fact is, digital learning initiatives can improve academic achievement and close the skills gap, leading to a more qualified workforce.
How Money Works is a website that brings this data to life. Importantly, it asks why. Why did wealth walk from one state to another? Did walking result because a person wanted to keep more personal income? And which states “won” and which states “lost?” This map is quite revealing.
So let’s ourselves “walk” through the progression:
- Informed taxpayers move from high-tax states to low-tax states
- Thus, high-tax states lose billions in tax revenues
- Informed taxpayers are likely more educated
- More educated taxpayers infers a more talented, qualified workforce
- Qualified workforce states attract companies with high-pay jobs
- More high-pay jobs lowers unemployment and drives a better economy
- High-tax states could lower their taxes if they had a stronger economy
Bottom line: Digital learning initiatives can improve academic achievement and close the skills gap, leading to a more qualified workforce. A more qualified workforce, paying their fair share of taxes, can result in lower taxes for all.
Full circle: low-tax states attract more people from high-tax states, driving their economies.
And Digital Learning Alliance has the tools for states to stabilize their economies and stop outbound migration. Every state legislator interested in saving his or her state’s economy has an opportunity to change the fate of their economy by following the proven DLA 7-Step Roadmap.