The Failed Promise of the Texas Miracle

Workers Defense Project, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources


This report examines two key issues: the income, education, and employment inequality faced by Texas families and whether state and local job creation programs are improving or exacerbating that inequality for taxpayers and working Texas families. Our in-depth examination of Chapter 380/381 agreements and other job creation programs indicate that while the Lone Star State has made substantial investments to attract Fortune 500 companies to the state, it has failed to invest in Texas businesses and families. As a result, these policies have left Texas businesses and families paying the bill for billions of dollars in corporate tax breaks. To ensure that the State puts Texas business and working families first, this report presents key recommendations that will help to build sustainable and equitable economic development policies.


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