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Old 08-29-2014, 09:30 AM
 
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Okay like where though? Where is a metro area in Texas that's not too small, but doesn't feel like it's overcrowded by transplants and severe traffic congestion? ).
I cannot tell you how a city feels. Do cities have feelings and express them?


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I WOULD be okay with Austin, if it weren't for the explosive growth. But with 158 people moving there per day, it's just too much to handle, and the infrastructure isn't keeping up.).
You do not have to be OK with Austin. It is OK without you.

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It's also a "weird" place. ).
What is weird about Austin which is a town you know nothing about?


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I prefer normal places that don't have an overly dominant vibe (such as hipsters or tourists, for example).
You do or would prefer?

Not everyone is meant to be adventurous. There are those who stay where they are.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:40 AM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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Texas has an advantage because there's no state income tax. That's plenty of incentive for businesses to move here after having been taxed to death elsewhere.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Texas has an advantage because there's no state income tax. That's plenty of incentive for businesses to move here after having been taxed to death elsewhere.
Yes, but Texas has to leech off the federal government to get funds for statewide programs and projects, which is embarrassing. States with state income taxes have their own tax base to rely on. But Texas must rely on other states to pay for their things. It's a Ponzi Scheme. The only reason why Texas is currently booming is because of talent and resources available. Same goes for places with heavy tax burdens that are booming as well, such as San Francisco, DC and Boston.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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What is weird about Austin which is a town you know nothing about?
I presume the previous poster was referring to Austin's "Keep Austin Weird" motto, wrought by the "Artistic" and "hipster" populations Austin is very much known for outside that area.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Okay like where though? Where is a metro area in Texas that's not too small, but doesn't feel like it's overcrowded by transplants and severe traffic congestion? I WOULD be okay with Austin, if it weren't for the explosive growth. But with 158 people moving there per day, it's just too much to handle, and the infrastructure isn't keeping up. It's also a "weird" place. I prefer normal places that don't have an overly dominant vibe (such as hipsters or tourists, for example).
Check out the Tyler or Longview metro areas in northeast Texas.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Arizona has a far less polarizing culture than Texas--way less socially conservative and religious. Prettier scenery and better weather, too.
Oh, so you're just trolling then. I see. How refreshing and original.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Yes, but Texas has to leech off the federal government to get funds for statewide programs and projects, which is embarrassing. States with state income taxes have their own tax base to rely on. But Texas must rely on other states to pay for their things. It's a Ponzi Scheme. The only reason why Texas is currently booming is because of talent and resources available. Same goes for places with heavy tax burdens that are booming as well, such as San Francisco, DC and Boston.
Interesting. So is it your position that states with state income taxes rely on their own tax base rather than federal dollars? If that's the case, what's Maine's excuse? What about Vermont? Connecticut? New Hampshire? Maryland? Pennsylvania? Michigan? I could go on, but you get my drift. All these states, and more, receive more federal tax dollars than they pay in.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Check out the Tyler or Longview metro areas in northeast Texas.
Those areas are extremely "backwoods" though. I don't want to live anywhere where people use the word "y'all."
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Interesting. So is it your position that states with state income taxes rely on their own tax base rather than federal dollars? If that's the case, what's Maine's excuse? What about Vermont? Connecticut? New Hampshire? Maryland? Pennsylvania? Michigan? I could go on, but you get my drift. All these states, and more, receive more federal tax dollars than they pay in.
Wrong! Connecticut only receives 60% of the federal tax dollars it pays in. And we have a state income tax.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Those areas are extremely "backwoods" though. I don't want to live anywhere where people use the word "y'all."
OK. Youse guys just stay where you are then. I think everyone will be happier.
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