Barone: Census proves Texas has the best ideas
They might revoke my Texas citizenship if I didn't brag about this.
The eight states with no state income tax grew 18% in the last decade. The other states (including the District of Columbia) grew just 8%.
The 22 states with right-to-work laws grew 15% in the last decade. The other states grew just 6%.
The 16 states where collective bargaining with public employees is not required grew 15% in the last decade. The other states grew 7%. ...
Texas' economy has diversified far beyond petroleum, with booming high-tech centers, major corporate headquarters and thriving small businesses. It has attracted hundreds of thousands of Americans and immigrants, high-skill as well as low-skill. Its wide open spaces made for low housing costs, which protected it against the housing bubble and bust that has slowed growth in Phoenix and Las Vegas.
The states, said Justice Brandeis, are laboratories of reform. The 2010 census tells us whose experiment worked best. It's the state with the same name as the county that's the center of the nation's population: Texas.
One of the lowest tax burdens in the nation, one of the most stable housing markets, and home to more Fortune 500 corporations than any other state. That's Texas, and it's no accident. The GOP-controlled government here lives by a couple of simple rules: Don't tax everything that moves, and don't spend all the money.