Most of the time people moved for diferent reasons a new job, being closer to an ailing parent, or higher taxes. For me, my family wouldn't have been anywhere near Texas if the military hadn't given orders to my father in 1981. A lot of moves took place mainly for economic reasons, such as no state income tax, lower standard of living, and better long term possiblities. There were nine states that fit this criteria according to The 700 Club this week. For me, finding out that my state was one of these gave me something of a good feeling.
The Bible said this in Luke 20:21-25 (KJV) about taxes:
21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:
22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?
23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?
24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.
25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.
The reason why that was said was because to some it only looked like my piece of the American pie was a pretty good slice. It czme with a\hefty price though. All of my money and medical care came from the government in the way of Social Security and Medicare. For me, there was no job with benefits or retirement. The majority of the time, seniors or those close to retirement age were finding out that maintaining a stadard of living after their retirement in the more expensive states didn't cut it with their pensions and other government checks, so they moved.
The nine states that had no income tax were:
- Alaska, New Hampshire, Tennessee,
- Florida, South Dakota,Washington,
- Nevada, Texas, and Wyoming
Even though there were forty states, including the District of Columbia that collected state income tax, there were ten that were the worst places to live because of it.
The 10 states that had the highest income taxes were:
- Hawaii, Oregon, California, Rhode Island, Iowa,
- New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maine, and Washington, D.C.
Most of the aunts in my family lived in the northeast states like NewYork and New Jersey so they were close to my mother's mother. Most of them moved in order to avoid the harsh winter weather. Only one lived in California for medical reasons, the "nanny state", some affectionately called it on The 700 Club. With her son and estranged husband deceased, there was no reason to remain. Higher taxes and standard of living was probably secondary. In the video shown by the before mentioned program, a Christian woman that home schooled her childern was criticized because she didn't do things the state way.
Nanny states were always popping up. So far, there were three major ones:
- California, San Fransisco with the elimination of plastic grocery bags and appointing 'pet guardians' to care for abused pets. They not only had the third highest tax rate, they suffered from a poor business climate.
- New York, New York City with the reading of food labels and limiting restaurants in the selling of soda to 16 ounces. My cousin lived in one of the bigger citiy burroughs and he paid at least $1600 a month for the smaller efficiencies in the basement.
- Washington, D.C. when they banned the use of cell phones while driving. They said that no data existed that made it any more dangerous than driving without but Wichita County banned the use of cell phones in school zones during the school year.
My uncle told me this week that he and his wife made the move to Palm Coast, Florida mainly because of the higher taxes in East Orange, New Jersey. The repairs to the house, purchased in 1966, cost somewhere in the amount of $7,000. Demographics changed also. He and his family were one of the few black families living in Maplewood, New Jersey when that house was bought. By the time they moved in 2004, that neighborhood was mostly black.
A lot of moves took place for economic reasons. In my case, the military gave my father orders for Wichita Falls, Texas in 1981. Texas might have been one of the nine favorite states to live, mainly for its better business climate and lower taxes, California struck out three times, with having the highest taxes, poorest business climate and the worst of the nanny states. The piece of American pie owned by me was a good sized chunk, but it all came from the government and at a hefty price. With no job that had benefits, there was no retirement.
The Bible said to render to caesar what was caesar's and give to God what was his. People were doing that by making it affordable when they moved to one of the nine states with no state income tax
Even though most of my aunts moved from the northeast southward was because of a warmer climate and got better tax rates. My uncle said the upkeep on a house he purchased in 1966, was too hard to maintain with a large repair bill, higher taxes, and changing neighborhood demographics.