SHORT COMMUNICATION 378
California vs. Texas
There is a continuous battle going on between California and Texas that started long ago. Most recently it has picked up in intensity and is now a full-fledged economic battle for technology development and export supremacy. In 2012 the tide turned and Texas began forging ahead of California. In 2013 Texas owned the lead. Export from Texas hit $45.1 billion while exports from California totaled $44.8 billion. Silicon Valley was supplanted by the Texas.
California’s economy is stuck in a recessionary ditch. The unemployment rate is stuck at a 12 percent. That’s the second highest in the Texas’ jobless rate is nearly a third lower and about one percentage point below the national rate. Concerning the matter of taxes, California’s tax rates are among the nation’s highest. Texas’ tax burden is one of the lowest. It’s about a third lower than California’s which is one of the nation’s highest.
Texas city in south Texas do not indicate recession, as do California’s. There are few vacant stores. Retail, dining, and entertainment venues are hopping with economic activity. The Texas oil industry is booming and is begging for workers. Texas highways are wide, smoothly paved, and well-maintained. California’s are congested and deteriorated, even though California’s fuel taxes are nearly twice as high. The total tax burden California’s pay per gallon of gasoline is the highest in the nation. Texas has the 13th best business climate, while California’s is the 49th, only ahead of New York. There is no doubt. Texas has won the economic battle them and California.
When Jerry Brown was elected the first time, he promised to greatly improve the economic condition in California, but he didn’t. He begged for a second 4 year term, which the voters gave to him. He thanked them by reneging on his camping promises. He even completely changed some of them to the opposite effect. Gov. Jerry Brown and his crew of political helpers have had one thing on their agenda and it’s taxes, and more taxes. That has caused hundreds of businesses to flee the state and the average Californian to curtail spending. California will never be the same as before Jerry Brown became governor. His second four-year term is worse than the first four-year term because he knows his political career is over. He’s leaving California in bad and unfixable economic condition. Texas is holding most of the candles to California. But when it comes to climate and physical beauty, Texas simply cannot hold and candle anywhere near California. And thankfully, Jerry Brown as California’s governor cannot get involved in trying to negatively change or tax California’s beauty or climate.