Chuck DeVore Reports from Texas

Russ Steele

Chuck DeVore, is a former California State Assembly member who moved to Texas. He reports on what he found in the National Review Online:

During my six years of service in the California state assembly, I was on the budget committee and the revenue and taxation committee. I’m a numbers guy. Numbers say everything about a government and its values. Follow the money and you can figure out whether elected officials view themselves as the center of the universe, or whether they think the government exists to protect liberty.

Simply comparing dollars to dollars is a good place to start. By this yardstick, the average state spent $9,412 of each citizen’ s money for state and local government operations in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. California spent $11,302 per person, or 120 percent of the national average. Meanwhile, Texas spent $7,756 per capita, or 82 percent of the national average.

You can read the whole article HERE, it is filled with eye opening numbers. The bottom line:

Last month, Texas added 27,900 jobs. The official unemployment rate is 7.1 percent in Texas, compared with 8.3 percent nationally. California added 4,000 jobs and has an official unemployment rate of 10.9 percent.

California’s model of government-led prosperity, aided by the nation’s best weather, appears to be in serious jeopardy. Texas’s model of freeing jobs creators to do what they do best through low taxes, less regulation, and a better lawsuit climate is looking stronger by the month.

Californian cannot continue to tax and spend, when other states are providing a more competitive business and jobs environment. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has created a report that California leaders should be reading and paying attention, as it presents a bleak picture of state and municipal budgets for the foreseeable future.

” In fact, it is estimated that without policy changes, states and local governments would need to cut spending or raise taxes by 12.7 percent each year over the next five decades to keep their budgets in balance, in part due to high costs of Medicaid and increasing expenses for public sector health care. Despite the fact that local budget conditions have improved in the near term, overall budgets are expected to deteriorate through 2060 based on the GAO’s long-term outlook.”

More on this at California County News.  It is time to stop the spending!


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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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