Don't blame the weather for exodus from liberal state

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

NY Gov. Cuomo signing abortion lawA stalwart pro-life business owner can see why so many people are fed up with the state of New York.

Except for a brief hiatus, Jon Speed has run The Book Scout in Syracuse, New York, since 1995 and has held church services there on Sundays. He made news earlier this year when he shut down his business for a day after the state expanded abortion and the use of tax dollars to pay for them. So one day of sales taxes from his store did not flow into state coffers.

Speed now says that was not enough, and he has decided to close his store for good.

"They're talking about in the next legislative session making prostitution legal," he reports. "And of course the Reproductive Health Act was really the thing that got us in the news back in January, legalizing abortion right up to birth."

He says the liberal government wants to be in control of everything from people's soft drink consumption to what kinds of shopping bags stores can use, but they do not seem to understand why the state is losing population.

"I can't remember a four- or five-year stretch where they lost 250,000 people," Speed tells OneNewsNow. "That's about the size of the city of Rochester, New York. They know they've got a problem; the governor says, 'Well, we think it's because of the weather … it's just too cold here.' He's just ignoring the obvious. But people who really care about these things can find other places to live."

New York continues to attract immigrants from other countries, but a study last year found that the state led the nation in net migration to other states, with 41 upstate counties losing population since 2010. Speed's family is now a part of that statistic. They are packing up, moving to Texas, and returning to Jon's church in Azle, where he will operate a pro-life ministry separate from the church.

Speed is also working with End Abortion Now to complete a movie called Babies are Still Murdered Here for release in October.

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