Oh my Goodness! How dare Texas Governor Rick Perry create a climate friendly to businesses. That is the basic message in this screed from the NY Times. Here is the key part to me. Note the business vs people nonsense the Times tries to play up.
Under Mr. Perry, Texas gives out more of the incentives than any other state, around $19 billion a year, an examination by The New York Times has found. Texas justifies its largess by pointing out that it is home to half of all the private sector jobs created over the last decade nationwide. As the invitation to the fund-raiser boasted: “Texas leads the nation in job creation.”
Yet the raw numbers mask a more complicated reality behind the flood of incentives, the examination shows, and raise questions about who benefits more, the businesses or the people of Texas.
Along with the huge job growth, the state has the third-highest proportion of hourly jobs paying at or below minimum wage. And despite its low level of unemployment, Texas has the 11th-highest poverty rate among states.
“While economic development is the mantra of most officials, there’s a question of when does economic development end and corporate welfare begin,” said Dale Craymer, the president of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, a group supported by business that favors incentives programs.
Those EVIL companies! Coming to Texas, employing thousands of people! How dare they? Those people would be better off depending on the government than their own labor! One might imagine the author of this piece might understand that companies coming in, hiring Texans, Texans who then buy goods and services helps Texas. But sadly, no. I suppose California is more the model that the Times would support? You know a state flat broke, taxing the Hell out of its residents, driving businesses and jobs away with high taxes and regulations. But I guess that is OK because California is still spending money it does not have right? That is the Liberal way.
By the way, as you read the article, you find a common theme, that Texas is robing from schools to pay these businesses to come here. Here are the fact about what the State is spending in this fiscal year 34% of spending is on education. More than a third. California? They spend 24 % Note, this includes state and local spending. The state of Texas spends 24 % of its spending on education, California 17%
We might also note that the unemployment rate in Texas is, as of October this year 6.6%. California? 10.1%. And as long as we are talking about education spending, we must take careful notice that Liberals ALWAYS equate more spending with better education. Yet, in this country, we spend more, and more, and more, and get less and less, and less for our money spent. The Dallas Morning News did a story in January of last year on what Texas spent on education per student for fiscal year 2009-2010. Forget the rhetoric, and the Liberal gnashing of teeth, note the money PER student spent.
Texas has dropped sharply below the national average in per-pupil spending over the past decade, a new comparison shows, and could plummet further as lawmakers consider changes that would deprive schools of up to $5 billion a year.
The comparison by the National Education Association, a teachers group — based on figures furnished by state education agencies — indicated that in the 2009-10 school year, Texas spent $9,227 per student, a figure that’s $1,359 below the national average.
That places Texas 37th in spending among the states and the District of Columbia. Ten years ago, Texas ranked 25th and was $281 below the national average.
Over $9,000 PER student? And this is not enough?