Thursday, March 29, 2012

Why doesn't Texas improve its economy and create its own jobs?


08:46 on 29 March 2012
In general, people look to the Federal Government for help when their state does not provide it.
So if Governor Rick Perry, State Legislators and Texas businesses don't want the Federal Government to control our direction as they repeatedly tell us, then why don't they create the jobs Texans need?

Despite information from the Office of Texas Comptroller Susan Combs that
Texas total non-farm employment increased by 67,200 jobs during January 2012. Between January 2011 and January 2012, Texas added 258,200 non-farm jobs, an increase of 2.5 percent.
thousands of Texans remain out of work. The accuracy of the numbers is questionable since they include part time and/or seasonal work. In addition, the State's unemployment numbers are not valid because so many Texans have been unemployed for years and are not counted in the unemployment statistics.

Chicago is tired of waiting for the Federal Government to create jobs, so Mayor Rahm Emanuel is announcing a $7 Billion plan to transform the city's infrastructures above and below the ground. It will create thousands of jobs and will save the city from physically crumbling while enriching the stagnant economy.

So the question remains why Texas is NOT developing a similar plan? Many cities in Texas are witnessing their own infrastructures decaying and instead of outsourcing millions of taxpayer dollars to out of state or foreign contractors, why aren't we rebuilding ourselves, creating jobs for Texans and regenerating our own economy?
Under Rick Perry's "leadership" Texas began borrowing money in 2003 to pay for roads and will owe $17.3 billion by the end of 2012, increasing total state debt, from $13.4 billion in 2001 to $37.8 billion in 2011.

Just because Texas government has a long history of failing the public does NOT mean it must continue in that tradition.

It is time for the Governor and Legislators to develop a plan to revamp our infrastructures, create the jobs that Texans need and recharge our dismal economy. It will generate a shot in the arm for businesses and would benefit all Texans.

Other states should follow suit.

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