I've lived in Cali since 1965 and I'm looking forward to leaving shortly. Taxes here are close to highest in the country. Combine it with inflated property prices, high utility costs, and shitty services, and there's not much of an incentive to stay. We're also still in 10%+ unemployment and have a state budget that is woefully out of whack ($10B or so?). And it's pretty unlikely that any of it is going to get better in the short-run.
When I was in college I would frequently say "that's it I'm moving to Canada". Nobody ever took me seriously, because they knew I was full of it. I love America & California, I'd never leave just because Bush made a political decision I disagreed with. I hate to point out the obvious, but I must admit that it seems you are being hyperbolic to prove a political point.
You've lived here since the 60s and are only now finding taxes too high to bear? After Reagan got rid of free public college education? After prop 13?
Utility prices are low where I live, though I admit not to know where you live or how long it takes you to vacuum.
I don't know what state services you are having trouble with; I haven't had a problem since the DMV went online.
And I've never heard of anyone moving because of a state budget shortfall. But, if you really are moving out of state & think your property is overvalued, give me a good deal & I'll help facilitate your "escape" to Vegas. Good luck.
I'm escaping to WA. I didn't pay taxes in the 60's.
State services - crappy schools, crappy roads, too many prisons, etc. Been to LA lately? It's a frickin war zone.
But yes, WA state will save me 100% in state income tax, 50% on utilities, and 80% on property taxes. At the same time, I'm going to be able to improve my quality of life. Why should I stay here?
California property, mine included, is overvalued for what you get. If you just go across the bay from where I am, it is even more overvalued. If I wanted to give someone a deal, I have plenty of friends who would happily take my house. I'm looking for a Facebook millionaire to rake over the coals though.