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TEXAS: Washington’s fine by comparison

Letter by Mary Stephens, Gig Harbor on June 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm | 18 Comments »
June 22, 2011 1:07 pm

Re: “We have a long way to go to become ‘Texas of the north’” (Richard S. Davis column, 6-21).

Davis’ opinion piece left out some facts.

• The Texas economy has the largest number of employees working below the federal minimum wage in the nation; $11.20 is the median hourly wage.

• Texas used federal stimulus money to pay 97 percent of its budget shortfall in fiscal 2010 while Gov. Rick Perry railed against the stimulus bill of 2009.

• Any economic good news in Texas comes from its oil industry, which is fleecing America right now.

• Washington does not have a prohibitive regulatory environment. I worked in California where we came under Washington regulations because of some employees we had up here. We laughed when we saw what we were charged by the state. It was so small and reasonable. Couple that with no state income tax and you get a great place to live and work.

You can have Texas. If you really love it, move there. Do not import that place here.

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