Taxachusetts no more
Recently my brother moved to Massachusetts from New Jersey to take a similar job at a similar salary. He says, "I don't know why people still call it Taxachusetts".
The house he bought here is similar in size and location to his home in New Jersey but costs less. The school system in his new Massachusetts town is better than the one in his old New Jersey town, but his real estate taxes are a lot less here.
The income tax rate is lower in Massachusetts than it is in New Jersey, as is the sales tax rate.
He pays no tolls to get into Boston (where he works), unlike the tolls to get into New York City (where he used to work). And the T is cheaper than the New York subway.
So now he can afford to get season tickets to the Patriots, and see the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics play at Fenway and the Garden.
So what's not to like.
Something to consider as the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, ponders a run for the Republican nomination for President, against former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Who's the Masshole now?