Why the Lone Star State Shines So Bright
Can other states replicate Texas' economic success?
So what does it all mean for other states? Well, they cannot produce oil out of thin air. They cannot snap their fingers and conjure up the growing economy, nice weather, great barbecue, and cheap real estate that draw all those new people to Texas. But they can keep their consumer-protection and housing-finance rules strict—and take comfort, at least, in the fact that the Texas miracle does not have much to do with Rick Perry.
Annie Lowrey, formerly Slate’s Moneybox columnist, is economic policy reporter for the New York Times.
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