While other commentators have pretty much ripped apart the quality-of-life argument here (Texas has the 8th highest poverty rate in the country, for example), it's worth noting the other ways Gov. Perry misleads. It doesn't hurt that Texas profited wildly from the oil spike last summer and now has that money to spend in 2009 (even as oil prices are climbing yet again). But even this is not the full reason for the Texas boom and the California bust.
Gov. Perry, like Gary Alexander in his citing editorial, is telling only half the story.
States which have no income taxes, like Texas, have to, by default, collect most of their income from property taxes. This is as it should be.
That Texas is a frugal state is a total fiction. (In fact, its budget is only balanced this year due to federal stimulus money).
That California is a "spendy" state is also a total fiction.
It is the WAY taxes are collected - by income (and, much of that in wildly fluctuating Capital Gains) for California and New York vs. property taxes for Texas that makes the difference.
Support the Single Tax.
Another thing California needs to do, like all states, is to come out form under the rock of Big Banking and its onerous interest rates, by adopting its own State Bank. The only state with a record surplus this year is North Dakota and it has had a State Bank since 1919.
Support a State Bank for California.