Pamela Villarreal looks up from her laptop. She checks that the correct webpage is projected on a large screen at the end of a conference table. She nods OK. I’m visiting with Villarreal, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, to check out a new tool on the center’s website — a free calculator that will estimate the lifetime value of moving from one state to another.
Yes, you read that right: the lifetime value. Not just whether you can afford a move today, but the long-term impact on how much more (or less) you’ll be able to spend each year or leave to heirs.
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