When you say taxes are high there can you give an example? There’s all different expensives around the USA.
In N J my property taxes are $1685 per month.
There's a web site that shows tax rates for each State. AZ is higher for some taxes and lower for other's. But ALL taxes used to be low here. I left, or as I like to refer to it, escaped, N.J. coincidentally, in 1966. Ended up in AZ in 1969. Back then sales tax was 3%, no income tax, low property tax, a few dollars to register a car, low land costs (you could buy ponderosa pine forested land cheap enough for mobile home owner's to afford in Flagstaff, now, million dollar properties), freedom to do anything, go anywhere and not be charged a fee. That was when there were only a few million people in the State. Phoenix population was 565,000. Now Phoenix metro area is 4.5 million alone. Yet with the low taxes and few people paying those taxes we had good roads, schools, hospitals and no traffic. Now after half of New York and California moved here, we have crap infrastructure and almost 10% sales tax, income tax, $600-$800 to register a new car, my property is worth $130k and my taxes are $2200 year (yes yours are insane but I'll bet yours is worth much more than mine) I had to hand over $4500 for the privilege of moving from one side of town to the other, called an "impact fee" (I hear it's $6k now) and a fee to do anything except breathe, plus higher gas tax and traffic ticket fines that are designed simply to move as much revenue to government as possible ($400 for driving in an HOV lane, $500 littering fine, multi hundreds for moving violations). I have no idea where the money goes from all this. N.J. taxes may be higher all around but your State is an anomaly. I believe N.J. is the highest taxed State in the Country. My frustration comes from knowing what a great State this once was to live in.