Here are the facts. Decide for yourself.
In 2008, Texas led the nation in job creation by far; Texas created more jobs than all other 49 states combined. The unemployment rate in Texas is 2 points below the national average, and 4 points below California’s. Texas now has more FORTUNE 500 companies than any other state. Texas is the #1 exporting state for seven years running now, and Texas has averaged more than a thousand net new residents moving into the Lone Star State every single day.
There is a reason so many people are voting with their feet and choosing Texas.
But don’t simply take our word for it. Below are just a handful more of the numerous accolades Texas has received in recent months. Texas is, indeed, succeeding.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TEXAS:
2009 Best Business Climate
(Business Facilities Magazine, July 2009)
5 Texas Cities Among Top 10 U.S. Metros, Overall Economic Performance
(Brookings Institution, June 2009)
#1 state for business and job growth, 4th consecutive year
(CEO survey, Chief Executive Magazine, March 2009)
One of “Five States That Will Lead Us Out of Recession”
(CNBC, June 2009)
Best State for Doing Business
(Directorship Magazine, June 2009)
No. 1 state “Where the Jobs Are Going”
(Time Magazine, May 2009)
Top 2 areas for Corporate Facility Project Attraction [1. Houston, 2. Dallas]
(Site Selection, March 2009)
Top 5 “Healthiest Housing Markets for 2009” [1-Houston, 2-Austin, 3-Fort Worth, 4-San Antonio, 5-Dallas]
(Builder Magazine, February 2009)
#2 on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list
(with 23 companies, FORTUNE, January 2009)
#1 U.S. Relocation Destination, 4th consecutive year
(Allied Van Lines’ 41st Annual Magnet Report)
(SIRVA, Inc., January 2009)
Foreclosure rate far below the national average
(New York Times, August 2009)
Second lowest state debt per capita in the nation
(Tax Foundation, Fiscal Year 2007)
Rated among the most free states in the nation
(Mercatus Center, George Mason University, “Freedom in the 50 States”)
Texas #1 In Government Transparency Online
Sunshine Week, an organization focused on open government and public access to information, designated Texas as having the most transparent state government in the nation; Governor Rick Perry started the ball rolling when he began voluntarily posting the governor’s office’s quarterly expenditures online in the winter of 2006. Over the past few years, Perry has made spending transparency a plank of his budget reform agenda.
SOME OF GOVERNOR PERRY’S CONSERVATIVE POLICY SUCCESSES:
* Twice signed budgets cutting General Revenue spending.
* Line-item vetoed more than $3 BILLION in wasteful spending during his tenure.
* Cut state property taxes for Texas homeowners by 1/3 in 2007.
* Eliminated entirely the antiquated Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) Tax.
* Cut taxes on more than 40,000 small businesses during the 2009 legislative session.
* Signed reforms to prevent appraisal creep from making tax rate cuts moot.
* Signed legislation reforming eminent domain in Texas, protecting private property and preventing Kelo-like abuses.
* Fought for and won major lawsuit reform; tort reform has made Texas a more attractive place for doctors and small businesses.
WHAT ELSE ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT TEXAS:
National Review, calling Governor Perry a “classic conservative hard case,” published a must-read article this summer about our Great State:
Governor Perry sums up the Texas model in five words: “Don’t spend all the money.” Here’s what a good long run of small-government, low-tax conservatism has achieved in Texas: Once a largely agricultural state, Texas today is home to 6 of the 25 largest cities in the country, more than any other state. Texas has a trillion-dollar economy that would make it the 15th-largest national economy in the world if it were, as some of its more spirited partisans sometimes idly suggest it should be, an independent country. By one estimate, 70 percent of the new jobs that were created in the United States in 2008 were created in Texas. Texas is home to America’s highest-volume port, the largest medical center in the world, and the headquarters of more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, having surpassed New York in 2008. While the Rust Belt mourns the loss of manufacturing jobs, Texans are building Bell helicopters and Lockheed Martin airplanes, Dell computers and TI semiconductors.
You may have also seen The Economist‘s coverage in July (“Lone Star Rising” & “California v Texas”) of the ongoing battle between Texas and California for preeminence in the United States– Texas has the upper hand in that rivalry.
And let’s not forget Forbes, which declared in July, “In Texas, you can get ahead in the recession” and wrote that “it’s not surprising that two Lone Star state cities come out on top” of its latest rankings.
The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reported in May that, “If you had to ride out this downturn, there is no better place than Texas” and noted that a U-Haul rental from Los Angeles to Fort Worth costs $2,141, while a U-Haul rental for the same truck runs $557 from Fort Worth to Los Angeles.
The Houston Chronicle noted that Texas cities make up five of the six best economies in America. Their story is based on a detailed analysis Brookings Institute of the economy in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. All six in Texas (Houston-Sugarland-Baytown, Austin-Round Rock, San Antonio, Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, and El Paso) are among the strongest 20 metro areas in the nation.
Just this month, Newt Gingrich, writing in the Financial Times, expressed that “Texas leads as California dreams on.”
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Texas is succeeding.