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TEXAS: Washington’s fine by comparison

Letter by Mary Stephens, Gig Harbor on June 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 18
  1. Mary, I’m sure they’ll miss you in Texas.

  2. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Mary, continue to hide in GH and ignore the achievements in Texas while Washington State crumbles due to progressive policies and terrible government.

    Wages are less in Tx because the cost of living is dramatically lower.

    Tech is booming. They have the largest medical center in the world. Agriculture is still a vital part of their economy.

    Your last bullet makes no sense, but Tx also has no income tax. What was your point there? And how many companies are moving to Wa right now vs. Tx? Jobs created? Even Boeing has had enough of the progressive policies here.


  3. “Even Boeing has had enough of the progressive policies here.”

    Yeah….Boeing thrived under the “progressive policies of Washington” since 1916 when a Washingtonian founded the company and it became the major employer of the state.

    Take away old Bill and add a few MBAs from all over the US and there is no loyalty to the workforce that made Boeing what it became.

    In short, Boeing sold out to lower taxes and wages for more executive compensation.

    What a wonderful company!

  4. “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.”

    Note that none of the jackals are touching this piece of the carcass…..

  5. I’ll chip in on that bus trip!
    It would be money well spent!

    TX is without question the worst state in the union, they have nothing going for them down there, the state is broke, the people are ven more broke and niether have a chance of ever getting ahead.

    Nothing good has ever came out of texas, ever.

  6. Count me in on the busfare pool too.
    When people avoid or ignore basic statistics about how they balanced the budget in texas by taking away $4 billion from education and another huge amount from health care while not raising one single tax, they deserve to live there.
    But by golly, they got their budget balanced. Didn’t hurt the rich one bit.

  7. LOL

    It’s gone viral!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. alindasue says:

    concernedfather7 said, “Wages are less in Tx because the cost of living is dramatically lower.”

    Curious to know if this is true, I did some research. I don’t know if overall cost of living is dramatically lower – grocery costs appear to be about comparable – but I did see that apartment rents in Houston are considerably less than in Tacoma. Apartments in San Antonio are slightly more expensive than in Houston, but even there a 3 bedroom apartment rents for about the same cost as a nice 1 bedroom here.

    So, are rents lower because wages are lower and the market can’t bear higher rents, or are people willing to work for less because their costs aren’t as high? The real question is what is the income to costs ratio for both cities and what community resources, including education, are available to the people in Houston or San Antonio?

  9. truthbusterguy says:

    Liberals can spin this anyway they want but Texas is moving forward and your progressive politics are causing WA State to die a slow death.

    Remember the bill boards that said, “Will the last person to leave turn out the lights”.

    It’s happening here, look at businesses that are leaving and moving out of CA and WA to Texas. Say bye.

  10. Fire ants really enjoy Texas too and they can have it.

  11. I am of the opinion there are more people moving from California to Texas than Texans moving to California.After reading about all the fiscal problems California has,I can see why this is happening.Sometimes I feel Washington State Legislators thinks California has all the right answers for poor Fiscal planning.

  12. Nothing good has ever came out of texas, ever.

    Actually, some pretty good musicians came/come from Texas.

  13. blakeshouse says:

    Better still all you leftist neo marxist / socialists take the pooled money and head out to join your buddy Hugo in Venezuela, that way the US can be rid of the BS and get back on track as the greatest nation ever to grace gods green earth

  14. beerBoy – Austin tries to ignore that they are in Texas.

    “Remember the bill boards that said, “Will the last person to leave turn out the lights”.

    I do, I do!!!! That was because Boeing didn’t get defense contracts (READ: Federal Money from Taxpayers) and, instead of seeking other markets, just started downsizing (before the word “downsizing” was popular) and it impacted all other industries and retail, as well as auto sales and real estate in the Northwest.

  15. Blakehouse – when we all leave to Venzuela, who will do the work for the rich elite so that they can live in the manner they are acoustom?

    I can just see Paris Hilton washing her own dishes without a reality tv camera filming her. Maybe cleaning the toilets?

    The greatest nation in the world, where illegals can work for elected officials and when caught the elected official can say “I didn’t know” and the Right Wing buys it, lock, stock and barrel.

  16. Roncella says:

    KARDNOS, Why I can harly believe you stated that the United States Of America is the Greatest Nation in The World !!!

    I believe that is the First Statement you have made in hundreds of posts that I actually agree with, shocking !!!!

    Maybe your becoming a closet conservative ??!!

  17. Roncella, your last comment, I wouldn’t bet on that. It was just a moment of reality that slapped him upside the head to make that comment. He couldn’t resist the left-handed salute to capitalism and how we abuse illegal immigrants though.

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