Michael Barone: California vs. Texas

Michael Barone compares the current state (ahem) of California with that of Texas. Both are large and populous states, both on territory that used to belong to Mexico, both have large Hispanic minorities, both had large oil reserves,…

Yet otherwise they could not be more different. California chose the road of high taxes financing big government; Texas that of low taxes and limited government. Barone quotes the census bureau as estimating that California saw 1.5 million residents move away between 2000 and 2009, while 848,000 people moved in to Texas. In just the years 2008-9, the numbers are 143,000 out of California and 98,000 into Texas.

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