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California has grown welfare while Texas has grown jobs, and soft tyranny is to blame

Chuck DeVore
Vice President, Texas Public Policy Foundation
              Gun rights advocates gather at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas on Oct. 19, 2013 to demonstrate in support of a Texas law that permits the open carry of long arms, such as rifles and shotguns. Organizers said a local ordinance restricting the carrying of firearms in public conflicts with state law.   (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)

California and Texas are virtual twins. The two states that are home to one-in-five Americans are similar demographically and endowed with abundant natural resources. They differ most in their public policies.

Who controls the most affordable states?

9:39 AM 09/30/2013

The cost of living varies greatly from state-to-state,influenced by government policies such as taxes, labor law, restrictions on development, and regulations.

Why we’re fighting the IRS

9:32 AM 08/06/2013

The Texas Public Policy Foundation has joined a class-action lawsuit, led by the Citizens for Self-Governance, against the Internal Revenue Service. TPPF has joined this action not just to vindicate its own rights under the law, but more important to defend free speech and the rule of law against an increasingly out-of-control IRS.

California dreamin’

12:54 AM 05/03/2013

Lately, some Californians have taken to telling themselves that Texas, one of seven states without a personal income tax, can afford not to tax productive output because of its high property taxes and its oil and gas tax revenues.

Phil Mickelson isn’t the only future former Californian

10:35 AM 01/23/2013

California voters approved a $50 billion tax hike in November, bestowing the highest marginal income tax rate in the nation on California taxpayers — 13.3 percent.

Government reporting tricks don’t create jobs, reducing tax and regulatory burdens will

9:26 PM 10/18/2012

The last official monthly unemployment report will be issued four days before the election on Friday, November 2. But can we really trust the government’s statistics?

America’s future: California or Texas?

10:10 PM 09/30/2012

It is oft said that if you want a glimpse of America’s future, look to California. The home to Hollywood has led the way in national trends from the first no-fault divorce law and the permissive Therapeutic Abortion Act of 1967 (both were signed into law by Ronald Reagan) to the great Proposition 13 property tax cut of 1978. It was California’s populist tax revolt, stoked by then-former Governor Reagan, which reframed the debate about the proper size of government and helped propel Reagan to the presidency in 1980.