Jason McMullen taught in Oklahoma for 12 years before he finally decided to move to Arkansas. When he left, his salary was $41,000. His wife was a teacher too, and earned less.
"It just got to a point where it’s hard to buy a house," he said. "It’s hard to pay bills, it’s hard to raise kids."
After all their bills were paid each month, McMullen says he and his wife had about $250 left for groceries and other living expenses.
"I just could not financially afford to stay any longer," he said.