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  •  NJ still has the highest property taxes in the US (4+ / 0-)

    ...with no relief for retirees and senior citizens (like Ca Prop 13) and in the other categories of taxes is generally has the 1'st or 2'nd highest in the nation.

    •  no, we are like 31st overall tax burden (0+ / 0-)

      property taxes are high because income tax is low. as are sales and gas taxes.

    •  Prop 13 is a disaster and ruined CA schools (0+ / 0-)

      we don't want it in NJ

      •  That's a simple comment about a complex set... (0+ / 0-)

        ...of Ca issues but NJ can take the good and not repeat the bad and solve its problems in a NJ specific way without ignoring the rational objections  of its many senior voters. That's my point.

        On taxes, NY has the highest overall tax burden of the 50 states and NJ is the 2'nd by 0.01%.

        •  you trust people here that much? (0+ / 0-)

          I don't. they elected Christie on lies and are poised to do so again. NJ is not 2nd in taxes. The most respected study by NJ Policy Perspective has the state as 8th,behind Alaska, NY, and Wyoming, among others. There were reports in the media of NJ even being lower, but perhaps they weren't as thorough; NJPP is seriously wonky and can be trusted. Average tax burden is around 10% in the states, NJ is at 12% or so, but it is hardly alone and is not at the top. Property taxes are high due to home rule, and every chance the people in NJ get to regionalize they reject.Corporate interests aren't paying nearly enough and want to pay even less, and don't want to help clean up the messes they've made in this state. As for the elderly, this is not and has never been a state to retire in. Hell, I'm not sure anywhere in the USA is; yesterday I heard people retiring to Costa Rica and even Ecuador. This is a systemic problem for the elderly which needs to be addressed on a national basis. Also, don't forget NJ's high costs of special ed, something the feds were supposed to help with when IDEA was first passed; they have never come through with the money needed despite NJ's high autism rate and high level of service for the disabled and handicapped in the schools. It all adds up. The "2nd highest" comes from mostly right wing funded groups and we all know what their agenda is; Privitization of public services and no unions.

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