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  •  With passage of Affordable Care Act (11+ / 0-)

    There's no longer an incentive to move to Texas to avoid providing health care plans for employees.  Worst state I've lived in for having so many uninsured skilled workers.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:38:33 PM PST

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    •  Highest uninsured rate in the country (13+ / 0-)

      And while they have no income taxes, the property taxes are killers, especially in the big cities.  When I lived in TX it drove me crazy -- they were always coming at me for a fee for this or a payment for that or a toll for roads.  I kept saying, "Why don't they just put in an income tax and leave us alone?"

      Course, I knew the answer.

      Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

      by Dallasdoc on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:45:48 PM PST

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      •  Yes, the property taxes are insane. (8+ / 0-)

        I haven't seen (or really even looked for) analysis on this subject, but relying on property taxes so heavily feels very regressive to me. Many people who have done exactly what Republicans say they want people to do (work hard, be responsible, buy a house but not beyond your means, etc.) are being priced out of neighborhoods they have lived in for decades because gentrification brings unaffordable property taxes. Our own neighborhood became "hip" a few years back. All that means for us is that our property taxes have tripled. I can assure you that our incomes haven't tripled. For the wealthy, the taxes are just a blip, but for the rest of us, they are a significant portion of income.

        I'm a little bit scared for Austin - it's becoming very money-focused and soulless. So many new businesses cater only to high-end clients. The only people who can afford to buy in our neighborhood now are trust-fund babies. I'll stop whining now.

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