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Old 07-08-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Green Guide 2011: The top sustainable territories know how to balance regulation with incubation, renewable energy with renewed company commitments.
Top Sustainable States
1) California
2) Washington
3) Oregon
4) Minnesota
5) Colorado
6) New York
7) Vermont
8) Texas
9) Massachusetts
10) New Mexico

Worth noting as well, Austin and Houston both ranked in the top 10 sustainable cities list from the same source.
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I get that California has a ton of industry and business which could make it sustainable but I fail to see them being # 1 with the financial mess they're in and their dependence on the federal government..
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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I seriously doubt that ranking / list is accurate. California is surely lower, and Texas has to be beyond the top 10. Probably more like in the 20-30 range.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: San Angelo, Texas
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I get that California has a ton of industry and business which could make it sustainable but I fail to see them being # 1 with the financial mess they're in and their dependence on the federal government..
I agree. No way that California is # 1.
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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Thats like saying Im the world record holder for eating hot dogs. There's a few people that will be impressed but the majority of people could care less.
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Windsor
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I get that California has a ton of industry and business which could make it sustainable but I fail to see them being # 1 with the financial mess they're in and their dependence on the federal government..
Last time I checked the federal government was in a financial mess, but the U.S. is still the leading economic power...
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:37 PM
 
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I get that California has a ton of industry and business which could make it sustainable but I fail to see them being # 1 with the financial mess they're in and their dependence on the federal government..

You have it backwards.

California (due to higher incomes) sends far more money in to the Feds than it gets. If California could become an independent economy -- not carrying the rest of US, California could balance its own budget.

Texas on the other hand, as a leader in Food Stamp use, poverty along the border, massive military inflows (recall Ft. Hood, Bliss, and various AF Bases) is very dependent on the Federal Government just to stay afloat.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Texas on the other hand, as a leader in Food Stamp use, poverty along the border, massive military inflows (recall Ft. Hood, Bliss, and various AF Bases) is very dependent on the Federal Government just to stay afloat.

If this is sustainable, it is a sad way to achieve it.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...best-view.html
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Broomfield, CO
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Very well put sir. But true Texans don't want to hear anything negative about their state. They just want to keep the minimum wage earners pouring into the state and boast about how Texas has created more jobs than any other state. Oh, and they convienently forget to add "minimum wage" in between MORE and JOBS.


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You have it backwards.

California (due to higher incomes) sends far more money in to the Feds than it gets. If California could become an independent economy -- not carrying the rest of US, California could balance its own budget.

Texas on the other hand, as a leader in Food Stamp use, poverty along the border, massive military inflows (recall Ft. Hood, Bliss, and various AF Bases) is very dependent on the Federal Government just to stay afloat.
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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You have it backwards.

California (due to higher incomes) sends far more money in to the Feds than it gets. If California could become an independent economy -- not carrying the rest of US, California could balance its own budget.

Texas on the other hand, as a leader in Food Stamp use, poverty along the border, massive military inflows (recall Ft. Hood, Bliss, and various AF Bases) is very dependent on the Federal Government just to stay afloat.
According to TaxFoundation.org Texas receives $0.94 back from the Federal Goverment for every $1.00 it pays in taxes. Texas is still loosing money, but not as badly as California which is at $0.78 and 7 other states that get back less then California.

http://www.visualeconomics.com/unite...l-tax-dollars/
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