Texas politics daily reading (15 April 2011)

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  1. Kevin says:

    ** Two ‘Goodhairs’ in One Room – Nolan Hicks, Chron Texas Politics

    Leading state officials in California have recently begun to ferociously counterattack the notion of the ‘Texas Miracle,’ pointing out with a certain amount of schadenfreude just how bad Texas’ budget problems are. According to a budget analysis done by the Houston Chronicle’s Texas Politics blog Texas’ budget crisis is proportionally as bad as California’s. **

    To take this a little further than the roundup format allows…

    For some reason, a lot of Texas journos seem inclined to pounce on the notion of the vibrancy of the Texas economy. Their blogs jump all over “pushback” sorts of stories from other states (mainly California). You get worse-than-PolitiFarce pieces that editorialize that the Texas budget is really just as big a mess as California’s (just not true, as noted). And so far as I can tell, the same journos pushing that story line tend to ignore positive articles about Texas like Michael Barone’s (in our roundup in pre-launch testing, but not picked up by any state political media that I read regularly).

    Even assuming that the Texas budget situation somehow WERE as bad as California’s using some bizarre metric crafted by the Hearst Austin Editorial Bureau in its spare time, there is still the matter of the overall business climate and people/businesses voting with their feet (migration to Texas). And the story at hand was the visit by the California delegation to check out the Texas approach (Jay Root covered THAT story; the Hearst Austin Editorial Blog seemed to have a different agenda).

    It’s odd behavior all the way around.

  2. Bernard Woolley says:

    “odd behavior all the way around”

    Indeed.

    With regards to a the Texas budget mess vs the California budget mess, do you have a link to analysis rebutting those who argue that Texas is in as bad a shape as California?

    • cory says:

      I haven’t seen anything from an economic think-tank yet that’s not horribly partisan, but here’s something that’s less partisan

      California vs. Texas

      Here’s what I mean by horribly partisan:

      http://www.calwatchdog.com/2010/11/18/texas-beats-california-on-economy/

      Anyone not identifying the TPPF as a “conservative” think-tank is as partisan as those who refuse to identify the TPPP as a “progressive” think-tank.

    • Kevin says:

      A link rebutting the Chron Hearst Austin intern’s few grafs in a blog post in which he “demonstrates” that Texas and California are in the same fiscal shape?

      No, I don’t know that anyone took the time to “Fisk” his grafs in a blog post. 🙂

      I do think Kevin Williamson’s NRO piece on the Texas budget was pretty good, although there were some critiques on the left:

      http://www.nationalreview.com/exchequer/256614/no-paul-krugman-texas-not-broke

      I think the bigger point is that budgeting does not take place in a political or economic vacuum. If your state’s business/regulatory environment is attractive to companies and entrepreneurs and the economy is creating jobs and the cost of living is low and you have a true pay-as-you-go budget mentality (not the gimmicks offered by DC pols, but the real thing every two years), then I think your state is arguably set up to grow itself out of budget problems. If your state is bleeding jobs because businesses find the business/regulatory environment stifling…. I’d suggest your state may have a more serious problem.

      And that seems to be what some California leaders were suggesting, at least as Jay Root covered the story. The Hearst Austin intern apparently was more interested in linking back to his earlier blog post than covering that story.

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