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Texas Matters: Texas vs. California

Segment #1

California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that California leaders view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people.

All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states – including Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a law that allows child welfare providers to deny adoption because of “sincerely held religious beliefs,” a provision that critics interpreted as permitting adoption agencies to deny services to same sex married couples

The reaction from many in Texas has been a “So-what? This is a California stunt and Texas doesn’t like being messed with. It’s unlikely this isn’t going to motivate state leaders to change policies.”

But Jessica Shortall, the managing director of Texas Competes, says this travel ban and others which are likely to follow are going to have an impact on the state’s tourism economy.

Segment #2

In the rivalry between Texas and California statistics coming into play to prove the point which state is winning the war of the best economy.

A few years ago Texas could brag about its miracle economy – and say it proves that it’ laissez-faire attitude is good for jobs.

But now things have changed – the tends have reversed and the golden state is golden once again. Recently the personal finance site Wallet hub ranked California as the second best economy in the state – after Washington State.

But the cost of living in Cali is much higher than Texas as is the cost of real estate.

And people are moving from California – and coming to Texas.

Paul Chabot says people are voting with their feet for Texas. Chabot is a twice failed republican candidate for Congress in California. He moved to Texas and started the company “Conservative Move” which is helping right wingers leave the left coast for Texas.

His website is conservativemove.com

Segment #3

The American economy is changing – and clean energy is leading the way. Which state Texas or California is better positioned to cash in on the future? Char Miller is a former resident of Texas and now lives in Claremont California where he is a professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona college. Miller is author of the book “Not So golden state: Sustainability vs. The California Dream.”

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi