Texas has been hit by the recession too but it’s unemployment rate at around 8% is two points lower than the national average. And perhaps more important, it has one of the lowest debts ($50B compared with the nearly bankrupt California’s debt of around $640B).
Texans figure the $7,200 a year they pay their state lawmakers is plenty. "They've got more government in Texas than they want at $600 per month," [said] Texas Gov. Rick Perry ...
... "When you have a full-time legislature, they just feel pretty inclined to be doing something. So they are going to dream up new laws, new regulations and new statutes -- and generally all of those cost money," Perry said.
Texas - population 22 million, GDP $1.2 trillion, income taxes $0While there’s more to running a country than a state, the Texas model would be worth aiming for. And the provinces should certainly take a close look.
Canada - population 32 million, GDP $1.3 trillion, income taxes $big