Under Gov. Perry's leadership, Texas has outpaced every other state by leaps and bounds in job creation this year and over the past decade. No other state can boast more Fortune 500 company headquarters than Texas with its low-tax, low-regulation, business-friendly economic climate. Texas is consistently applauded as a model for good government and good fiscal policy, even in the wake of a national recession.
Last week, Gov. Perry was proud to announce the creation of about 300 new jobs in the San Antonio area by a Fortune 500 giant. BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) noted Texas' skilled workforce and stalwart academic institutions as a few reasons it relocated to Texas.
"Bill White’s call for tax increases is the last thing working families of Texas need in these challenging economic times.
“Transportation, border security and education are just some of the issues that will be a priority in the next state budget. However, just as families have to prioritize spending to make ends meet, so too must their government.
“The people of Texas expect their elected officials to reduce spending and practice fiscal responsibility, not raise taxes in search of additional revenues. I will continue to work with the legislature to identify ways to cut taxes so families can keep more of their hard-earned dollars and keep the Texas economy the envy of the nation.”
There is a clear choice in this race. Choose Governor Perry, not tax hikes.
Just twelve weeks remain until November 2. In another dynamite web video from the Republican Governors Association, Governor Perry and his fellow state leaders from around the country make the case for fiscally conservative governance:
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"Blueprint for Recovery: Deep in the Heart of Texas," a web video based on economic figures from nearly a year ago, highlights some of the ways in which Texas is leading the nation, even in these tough economic times. Indeed, it may be even more relevant today:
Nearly a year later, Texas remains the blueprint for America's recovery.
Facts you probably won't hear President Obama mention while he is in the Lone Star State today raising money for Liberal Trial Lawyer Bill White...
* CNBC has ranked Texas America’s Top State for Business, based on their study that scored each state based on 40 different measures of competitiveness. Texas received more points than any other state based on categories including: cost of doing business, workforce, economy, education, quality of life, technology and innovation, transportation, cost of living, business friendliness, and access to capital. (CNBC, July 2010)
* Texas’ major metro areas – Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio – were named as America’s Recovery Capitals on a list compiled by Forbes. “Looking for a place to take advantage of the recovery?” Forbes asks. “Try Texas.” (Forbes, June 2010)
* Texas created more private sector jobs than any other state in the nation over the last 10 years. Texas also has the lowest unemployment rate among the 10 largest states in the nation. Additionally, since the beginning of 2010, Texas has created more total new jobs (and more private sector jobs) than any other state in the nation. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2010)
When the House convenes today in a special session to vote on a $26 billion package of aid funds for state and local governments, it will have to decide whether to single out one state — Texas — for special treatment. This is not the kind of special treatment that we’re used to seeing in Washington, where senators often secure extra benefits for their states in return for their votes. Instead, Democrats are trying to punish Texas for its fiscal responsibility, above and beyond the punishment inherent in a “state bailout” that is intended mostly to help spendthrift states such as California, but that Texas taxpayers must help pay for nevertheless.
The provision in question, an amendment authored by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, an Austin Democrat, would deny Texas its share of the bill’s education funds unless its governor “provides an assurance” that it will not reduce the percentage of total revenues it spends on education at any time in the next three years. Gov. Rick Perry argues that this is impossible: The state legislature controls education funding in Texas, not the governor, and the governor cannot bind future legislatures to any level of spending. Because Perry cannot provide the kind of assurance the Doggett amendment appears to require, he argues that it would deny Texas, and only Texas, over $800 million in education funds.
On the 80-mile drive from San Antonio to the Texas capitol in Austin, it’s difficult to miss the signs of growth. At every highway exit, it seems, huge new shopping malls greet motorists. Valleys where cattle grazed five years ago now sport shiny new Target stores, tract homes, and tennis courts. Between 2000 and 2009, Texas added about 4 million residents, more than half of them migrants from elsewhere in the nation. And Texas will almost certainly emerge from the recession with the nation’s strongest and most important economy.
In May alone, Texas, America’s second most populous state, added over 75,000 jobs—more than California (the biggest), New York (third biggest), and Florida (fourth biggest) combined. Texas has shown consistent gains in 10 of the 11 categories of private employment that the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures. The state is far more than cowboys and oil: It has several of the nation’s leading medical research centers (Baylor and UT hospitals among them), one of the biggest computer makers (Dell), and a financial industry that never took a turn for the worse. And, even though unemployment remains a tick over 8 percent (about a point and a half lower than the national average), the rapid growth is bringing this down quickly. During the last week in June, the job-hunt website Monster.com offered more new job openings in Texas than in California even though the Golden State has over 10 million more people. In a nation looking for economic good news, Texas stands out as a bright spot.
On NBC's Today Show this morning, Newt Gingrich explained how Governor Perry's fiscally responsible approach in Texas has created an economic climate that is the envy of the nation. Texas is the state where, even in these tough times, more jobs, prosperity, and opportunity have been created than in any other state in America:
Indeed, just this morning, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that from June 2009 to June 2010, Texas yet again created more jobs than all other large states combined:
Texas powers past the tough times on the strength of its economy—top-ranked in our Economy category four years in a row. The Texas economy is the 15th largest in the world, according to government figures; larger, for example, than all the Scandinavian nations combined.
The Lone Star State is home to 64 Fortune 500 companies, more than any other state, in a wide variety of industries. So while the state’s last win in 2008 came with oil at a record $145 a barrel—a natural tailwind for the largest industry in Texas—the state managed to do even better this year despite the fact that oil is trading at roughly half that price.
CNBC also noted that Texas this year earned the "best overall score in the history of our study."
Texas metro areas have already been singled out as among the best places to ride out the Great Recession, but a new study illustrates the long-term vigor of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Austin economies.
Seattle; Washington, D.C.; and Denver topped the list of strongest local economies over two decades, from 1989 to 2008, according to Policom Corp.'s 2010 ranking of 366 metropolitan statistical areas.
And while Houston (No. 4), Dallas-Fort Worth (No. 10) and Austin (No. 12) didn't lead the list, the top 15 spots are virtually interchangeable, said William Fruth, president of Policom, a Palm City, Fla., company that specializes in analyzing local and state economies.
What does stand out is Texas' long-term economic performance, he said.
Driving that success is the state's diversified economy, low tax rates and limited regulation, he said.
"There is no other state in the country that has had a better track record for 20 years of quality economic growth than Texas," Fruth said. "When you chart out the states, no one has done better."
"I knew the answer to that question and I asked a local economic developer in Texas. His response: 'We shoot regulators at the state line.' That sums it up," Fruth said. "You have greater economic freedom and an attitude that we want economic development.
"You go to Texas and you are a go-go state. We want you to come here and grow and be profitable."
Fruth's list closely mirrors an assessment of the best cities to find jobs released by Newgeography.com in April.
"If you look at all the regions, nothing else does as well as Texas," Pepperdine University professor Michael Shires told the Star-Telegram after the five major Texas cities notched half of the top 10 spots for jobs.
"During volatile times, places with broad-based growth strategies -- like Texas and Utah -- do best," Shires wrote in an article accompanying the rankings, "Finding the Good in This Bad Time."
Fruth said his rankings incorporate 23 economic factors and don't reflect the "latest 'hot spot' or boomtown" but areas with the strongest economic foundations.
"While most communities have slowed or declined during this recession, the strongest areas have been able to weather the storm," he said. "The top-rated areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time."
Two factors helped Seattle notch the top spot: Boeing and Microsoft. "They provide lots of jobs, and they pay very well," Fruth said.
Washington, D.C., which has been ranked 1st, 2nd or 3rd over the last seven years, has a built-in advantage, he said.
"The federal government is bigger than any corporation. It keeps growing. The jobs are stable, and they pay well."
Other Texas metro areas in the top 100 were San Antonio (No. 29), Corpus Christi (No. 80) and Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood (No. 89).
Amongst the 40 largest states (accounting for 97% of the U.S. population), Texas is the only one that still had more jobs in March 2010 than before the national recession began three years ago (Jan. 2007-Jan. 2010). Texas’ net increase in jobs compares to California’s net loss of nearly 1.3 million during the same period.
Texas created more new jobs over the past decade than any other state in the nation. Most other U.S. states, on the other hand, actually ended the decade with fewer jobs than when it began. (Jan. 2000-Jan. 2010)
Texas' success did not happen by accident. Our state's fiscally conservative, pro-growth approach has helped Texas weather the recession better than any other large state in America.
Texas, the second-most populous state and the world’s 12th largest economy, is where 70 percent of all new U.S. jobs have been created since 2008. Unsurprisingly, it scores high in all the areas CEOs value most. “You feel like state government understands the value of business and industry to create jobs and growth,” observed one CEO. Its tax credits and incentives to business choosing to locate or expand are among the most aggressive. The Texas Enterprise Fund is by far the largest deal-closing fund of any state, with grants totaling $377 million disbursed in 2008.
Little wonder then that while Texas gained over 848,000 net new residents in the last 10 years, according to the Census Bureau, California lost 1.5 million.
Individuals responsible for the success of large and small businesses alike know that Texas is a place where organizations can risk their capital, find a qualified and educated workforce, deal with low taxes and a predictable regulatory climate, not be over-litigated, and succeed.
Individuals looking for good jobs know that Texas is a great place to live, work, and raise a family; the latest data from Allied Van Lines once again proves that point, as more Americans voted with their feet and relocated to Texas than any other state last year.
Indeed, while no place in America has been completely immune to the global economic crunch, the Dallas Fed explains, "new data and anecdotal evidence suggest that a recovery is under way in the state."
Even the Brookings Institution, which nobody would mistake for a right-of-center organization, takes note of Texas' success.
There is a reason so many are recognizing Texas' success. Let's keep the positive momentum going in Texas. Let's re-elect Governor Rick Perry in November.