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Perry touts the Texas model, but state Sen. Shapleigh tells a different Economist story

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been making the rounds telling the story of Texas’ model for economic success — essentially, low taxes and conservative values — and the Economist magazine has a special report title A Lone Star Rising. The article notes the rapidly changing demographics of Texas, however, and questions the impact on the economic future of the state (one might question how they forecast the impact, but that’s another story).

The article also quotes state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh as a leading critic of the state’s vision and leadership: “Wander round to the Senate side of the state capitol, though, and you will hear a different Texan tale. There, you might encounter Eliot Shapleigh, the Democratic state senator for a district centred on El Paso, on the extreme west of the Mexican border. Mr Shapleigh publishes his own report: “Texas on the Brink”. His statistics are a lot less rosy. Texas has the highest proportion of people lacking health insurance of all 50 states; the third-highest poverty rate; the second-highest imprisonment rate; the highest teenage-birth rate; the lowest voter turnout; and the lowest proportion of high-school graduates. Mr Shapleigh is not surprised that these figures are so terrible: Texas spends less on each of its citizens than does any other state. Being a low-tax, low-spend state has not made Texans rich, though they are not dirt-poor either; their median income ranks 37th among the 50 states.”


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 10, 2009 at 11:54 am

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  1. Dont blame the state for what is happening in EP.

    We have low wages, high unemployment,terrible housing market, run-away taxes and fee-ed to death, free spending council, 14 million dollar deficit, studied to death to keep chosen few employed and no way out of this mess because people dont vote.


    July 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm

  2. Shapleigh must want the California model for us — a state that spends a ton on it citizens but still has one of the worst school systems in the country, the highest paid bureaucrats, and the highest per capita tax rate in the nation.


    July 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm

  3. dont forget california(or mexifornia) is going broke also. shap wants us just like cal and so does his clones on council(byrd,ortega,lilly,cook, and oroarke to an extent.


    July 11, 2009 at 10:49 am

  4. As a former California resident…No Jafo and Jen…Shapleigh doesn’t want us to be like California. And, YES jafo, California was part of Mexico AND Spain at one time. That’s why all of the Spanish names like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Manteca EL Paso…California’s budget woes arise from Proposition 13 where there was/is a cap on personal propery taxes to generate income for the State. So, their main reliance is on Sales Taxes, which is great in a boom economy but not so good when people are not buying any more 50″ LCD Plasma’s…Also, because Californian’s are Proposition Happy, that means EVERY Proposition has to be paid out of the Budget….So, where does the money go? If you do the numbers, Texas ranks at the bottom of almost everything that is considered “Good” like Education, HealthCare, etc..but #1 in everything considered “Bad” like teen pregnancies, #1 in Capital Punishment, and only 24% of Texans have a College degree and only 9% have an advance degree beyond that. Governor Perry also believes in executing Mentally Retarded people…I know its not P.C. to say Mentally Retarded, but when you’re talking about the Death Penaly….Perry is the same boats as Sudan, China, Libya. If Perry spent less time talking (Secession, remember?) and looking in the Mirror, we’d be better off.

    Rick Perry has been a professional politican since 1990. He’s been at the Government Trough for 19 years, so no wonder, he lives in a land all his own.

    Arthur Adjemian

    July 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm

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