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Old 02-12-2011, 07:39 PM
 
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This question is for those who are from other states.

First: In light of the $27 billion budget shortfall in Texas and that our children's education is taking such a huge hit and thousands of teachers are losing their jobs, we have decided to pull up roots and leave Texas as soon as we can. It's just too dififcult for us to live in a state where education is such a low priority. We are disappointed that our governor and legislators didn't manage the budget as they should have (e.g., the former comptroller warned several years ago that this state was headed for big financial problems due to certain budgeting practices).

We are also disappointed in the actions of the State Board of Education in recent years that have brought embarassment to the state of Texas, and which have decreased the quality of education.

We know there are some other states that are not having budget problems, meaning that their legislatures have managed their budgets well. We're researching the financial health of all states, as well as their commitment to education, our highest priority. If those from other states have opinions on their states (especially if they meet our criteria), we would be most appreciative. Nothing can happen overnight, but we're going to make the change as soon as we can. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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Look into Iowa and particularly Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Ames and other metros conmected to that state(Omaha metro and Quad Cities metro inc.).
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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But I thought Texas had such great high schools????

How does a state like Texas overcome a massive budget shortfall WITHOUT raising taxes? If they raise taxes, will that be a major deterrant to current/prospective residents?
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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But I thought Texas had such great high schools????

How does a state like Texas overcome a massive budget shortfall WITHOUT raising taxes? If they raise taxes, will that be a major deterrant to current/prospective residents?

No. Supposedly they did before Bush, but now they're at the bottom of the barrel.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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If this discourages people from moving here, great. Between the massive influxes of people from other states and being swamped by illegal aliens, it's no wonder we can't keep up.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:56 AM
 
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But I thought Texas had such great high schools????

How does a state like Texas overcome a massive budget shortfall WITHOUT raising taxes? If they raise taxes, will that be a major deterrant to current/prospective residents?
which taxes are you thinking about? Property tax is already really high. There is no state income tax in Texas
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:57 AM
 
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If this discourages people from moving here, great. Between the massive influxes of people from other states and being swamped by illegal aliens, it's no wonder we can't keep up.
ET go Home
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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which taxes are you thinking about? Property tax is already really high. There is no state income tax in Texas
I don't know, I'm asking! Maybe there SHOULD be state income taxes then. How else is the State going to generate the revenue necessary to offset the deficit? In my opinion, it's TAXES.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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If this discourages people from moving here, great. Between the massive influxes of people from other states and being swamped by illegal aliens, it's no wonder we can't keep up.
In other words: the State is kicking so much a$$ that it can't keep up with generating tax revenue? I don't get it...
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:34 PM
 
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but i bet the high school football programs dont take a hit financially, while the rest of the programs for the schools do suffer.. Gotta love Texas
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