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By Lynn Woolley

People are moving to Texas and other business friendly states in droves.

The 58-story “Independent” under construction in downtown Austin

California, which used to be the nation’s bellwether state, shows no counties among the fastest growing, according to new figures from the Census Bureau.

In Texas, as you might imagine, the growth is in big cities and their suburbs.

Texas is a red state – conservative.

The majority our voters are logical conservatives. Our big cities are blue for the most part, but they benefit from decisions made by conservative leadership. We have a new Sanctuary City law that makes us safer. California, on the other hand, is a sanctuary state with the largest illegal population in America.

The state is a mess by any standard.

There are 55,000 homeless in Los Angeles alone. Taxes are high. People are moving out. They seem to be heading mostly for Maricopa County, Arizona – and Texas.

The new figures show Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin are getting bigger fast.

When I attended college at UT, Austin was a medium sized college town of about 253,000 people.

The new figures show that those days are long gone. The Austin Business Journal reports that the Austin metro population reached 2,115,827 in 2017.

A year ago, the metro reached 2,060,558 – a milestone. The city’s grow rate is at 2.7 percent, ranked No. 9 in the nation. The ABJ reports that the Austin metro added 55,269 people last year, or more than 151 people each day.

Dallas also has reason to brag about these new numbers.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metro added more people than any other U.S. city from 2016 to 2017, adding 146,238 new residents. That takes D/FW to nearly 7.4 million, a growth rate of about 2 percent. Houston was No. 2 nationwide with 1.4 percent growth rate to a metro population of 6.89 million.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas-Fort Worth is edging up on the nation’s #3 metro – Chicago, and may pass it in the next decade.

Chicago is not a hotbed of jobs, has a loopy, liberal mayor (Rahm Emanuel), is perhaps America’s most violent city – and has financial woes. It may be more livable in some ways than Los Angeles or San Francisco, but it has the same problem those cities do: left-wing government. Chicago is an exciting city with great attractions, but it’s in trouble due to its leadership.

Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin are growing in spite of local leaders.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler talks about the second draft of CodeNEXT at a news conference at City Hall on Friday September 15, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

They all have loopy mayors, but at least there are jobs and streets are free of used syringes and human waste.

And while Austin may be similar to Sacramento in terms of size and livability, the legislatures in the two cities are worlds apart.

Texas is an experiment in government that largely works. Illinois, and certainly California (which has had secession urges), do not work and are not sustainable.

This, then, is our warning: As Texas grows, it must work to remain Texas and not become California.

lynn@BeLogical.com

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