Texas, under the hand of (former GOP presidential hopeful) Rick Perry, leads the nation- giving out some $19 Billion a year- in corporate welfare. And while Perry loves to make the claim that Texas has seen the creation of half of the private sector jobs in the country over the last decade.
But as great as that sounds- the details are uglier. Texas ranks 11th in poverty (yes, behind a slew of other red states). they are 3rd (again behind other red states) in jobs at or below minimum wage. They had to cut $5.4 billion from education funding last year, putting them in the bottom 5th in the nation for education spending per student. (at the same time the GOP party platform in Texas was demanding they stop teach critical thinking)
Anyway, a fascinating 3 part series over at the NY Times on the over $80 Billion in “incentives” state and local governments give out every year- a whopping $9.1 Million each and every hour.