ON-Lion Letter
From the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) in Austin, Tex., The Texas Model:  Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America compares Texas to its large state peers and details why Texas is increasingly the destination for Americans seeking a better life.  By Chuck DeVore, the book describes a state with low taxes, modest government, and a lawsuit climate that allows entrepreneurship to flourish while encouraging job creation.

"If Texas is doing well and does offer a model to the nation, then one set of policy choices ought to be followed," according to DeVore in a July Forbes column.  "Or, if Texas isn't doing all that well or does not offer a useful model to follow, then Texas can be ignored in the larger, national discussion of what policies work best for general prosperity."

DeVore is vice president of policy at TPPF, projects of which are supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  He is a former member of the California State Assembly.

"Texas's relative success is best measured against a peer:  California," he wrote in Forbes

"In June, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released new data on state real per capita gross domestic product for 2012," DeVore continues.  "Performance for 2009-2011 was also revised, with California seeing a downward revision of 2.6 percent and while Texas’ performance was revised upward by 0.5 percent.  The new figures show that in 2011 Texas surpassed California in real per capita gross domestic product while a separate report showed Texas expanding its lead in real per capita personal income. ...

"Call it what you will, the 'Texas Miracle' or the 'Texas Model,'" he concludes.  "The results speak for themselves and show that liberty fosters prosperity."
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