The Texas-Florida Connection
Can Florida emulate Texas in creating jobs? Here's a comparison.
Texas' reputation for being business friendly and low tax dates to the late 19th century. Democrats and Republicans alike have "always talked about the good 'bid-ness' climate," says Paul Burka, senior executive editor at Texas Monthly and the dean of Texas political writers for four decades. "I don't think it's ever been any different."
The pro-business character threads through a tightly woven Texas monoculture. From Waco in west Texas to metropolitan Dallas in the north or the touristy Alamo down south in San Antonio, the Lone Star image is ubiquitous — mounted on highway overpasses and displayed on many businesses. Newcomers to the state immediately have a sense of what it means to be Texan.
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