Dude, Texas is the model that the rest of America should be with just a bigger emphasis on civil liberties and getting rid of the social conservatives
This. By the way how is Texas not ample economic opportunity and a comfortable life?
Go to suburban DC and see how much house you get and compare it to Houston or Dallas. Compare total taxes paid.
The other thing I'd say is look at fricking Baltimore! How can Maryland claim to be #1 in public education AND have Baltimore? Doesn't compute! Maryland is basically the nice suburbs of DC. Well frick me silly if you created a second state called "suburban Texas" and took out the shitty inner city schools and you were only left with the suburbs of Dallas and Houston and Austin? Guess what you'd find?
In addition University of Texas is a much better school than University of Maryland.
Also - guess what happens to Maryland when we need to cut federal spending? It's in a total bubble right now.
As an upper middle class guy living in NYC I am sick of the fricking taxes I pay in the Northeast compared to the services I get in return. I live in one of the wealthiest zip codes in the city and 3% of the residents (per city data) are on SNAP benefits. Hey, here's a thought, if you're on food stamps maybe don't live in a neighborhood where the average rent is over $2k for a studio apt, and the average apartment sells for over $1m? I'm not saying toss the poor out on their arse but I do think we cannot afford as a country to continue the benefits we are providing and so we're going to have to cut back. Enter Maryland: the bubble pops when that happens.
I am moving my family to Tennessee next month. Why? Because I'm sick or living month to month on $200k a year. I did the math and I could either a) move to the suburbs of NYC that I can afford and get my kids a decent public school education and pay $20k a year in property taxes and live in a house that needs $50k of renovations over the next 10 years, or I can move to Nashville and get a house I'd much rather live in and grow old with my wife, be able to send my kids to public school, and live a more realistic life.
I love New York, it's home. Do I want to move? frick no! But I can't afford to stay and do the right thing for my family at the same time.
I decided there are other places to live that have the same things I enjoy here. I know several people that are thinking the same thing and that's why you are seeing a massive migration to states like Texas. But don't fool yourself by thinking that higher taxes mean better or equal opportunity. The same guy making $52k a year can't afford to be in the same school district where there are high property taxes and will end up with the same public school opportunities found elsewhere.