Paul Burka wrote today on Texas Monthly’s BurkaBlog:
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
posted by paulburka at 8:15 AM
I don’t get it. We have the biggest revenue estimate in the history of the state, $101 billion, and it appears that the House and Senate want their budgets to be under 2011 numbers, which was the worst year in the history of the state. This is absolutely nuts. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is no public policy in this state; there is only ideology.
No, some folks just don’t get it. Has ideology made Texas the envy of the country?
Texas is the top state for job creation, the top state for businesses relocating here, and the top exporting state in the country. Not because of ideology.
Texas is the top state for job creation because we DO have good public policies. Let’s provide a run-down for those who just don’t get it:
- Texas has no state income tax
- Texas is a right-to-work state
- Texas pursues common-sense regulations and does not attempt to over-regulate
- Texas has relatively low taxes
- Texas legislature meets only every other year
- Texas has a rainy day fund set aside for emergencies
- Texas leaders have attempted to keep spending relatively low, and leadership now is pushing for a true Tax and Expenditure Limitation measure that would limit state spending to the increase in population and inflation
Those of us dedicated to pursuing good public policies aren’t simply pursuing ideology – but are advocating public policies that work. And while we know Texas is headed down the right road, we are constantly advocating for policies that keep the Lone Star State on the road to prosperity.