Yes, high taxes could be used to build a quality school system and good infrastructure to make life better.
Or it could be spent to buy votes and enrich the politically connected. Rochester school district does spend $15,614 per a pupil. Way above the national average. http://www.newyorkschools.com/districts/rochester-city-school-district.html What does that buy? Good pay for political powerful unions members. The district was very proud that in 2010 the graduation rate was 46.1%, up from 42.1%
Throwing money does in its self make it a better place. Outputs are what is important.
I am personally getting ready to start a business with my PhD research. The high taxes