Here’s the secret: everyone who couldn’t get a job in Massachusetts left. Everyone who couldn’t get a better job in Massachusetts than in any other state, by several orders of magnitude, left. Everyone who couldn’t afford insurance in Massachusetts left. The 10 percent in Massachusetts who live below the poverty line are hanging on because they don’t want to give up the family estate, and they were being taxed out of their homes as I left the state myself.
In short, the only people left in Massachusetts are, smart, upwardly mobile, middle- and upper-class citizens, many of whom commute to New Hampshire and New York to work. Everyone else has left the state. They’re likely on their way to Texas.