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This article is stupid.
I find it fascinating that everyone wants to live in a low tax state with cheap housing, but then they complain about the bad roads, the poor police and fire protection, the lousy schools, the inadequate health care, etc. etc.
If you want to live someplace where the roads are good, where the parks are well maintained, where the police come when you call them and the fire department gets there before your house burns to the ground, you might want to consider paying the taxes that provide those things.
It you want to live someplace where buildings aren't crumbling and the DMV office is staffed and the county clerk can actually find the deed to your house, you might want to consider paying taxes. If you want to live someplace where there is decent water to drink, and flood prevention and they won't build a factory next door to your house where the chemicals from that factory will give you cancer or blow up, taking you and your house with it, then you might want to pay taxes and cover the cost of regulation and enforcement. Or maybe Somalia sounds like a pleasant vacation spot to you?
The sales tax can be a burden on prices at times, but I'd rather choose what I buy than have a flat rate guaranteed to come out of my income in taxes. I go to Oregon on occasion as well, so it's possible to buy items down their tax free if needed. I feel the same about the gas tax. I live 5 miles from my work and would willingly move to stay close if I changed jobs, so while the gas tax is high, I don't use much gas. Real estate taxes are pretty high, but I'm not sure where they compare to other states.
Really it comes down to how you're career is going and whether you have enough to do what you want and survive on in retirement (perhaps pass some on to the kids). If you can do that, I'm pretty sure you can say the place you live is a good place for you to make a living.
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