Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/20/2015 – 12:01 AM

California is the nation’s most populous state with about 39 million residents, while Texas is No. 2 at 27 million.

California is a true blue state politically, while Texas is among the reddest of the red when it comes to politics.

They also are rivals in many spheres outside of politics, from cuisine to music. But no competitive arena is more contentious than economics.

California tops all states in economic output at $2.3 trillion, while Texas is second at $1.6 trillion. Their economic drivers are similar in many respects – technology, medical care, agriculture and energy.

California is No. 1 in agricultural output, while Texas is No. 2.

Texas is the No. 1 state for petroleum production, while California is No. 3.

Each month, when the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics releases new employment data, the California-vs.-Texas rivalry gains new fodder.

Last month, when the BLS announced revised data for 2014, several economic analysts pointed out that California, which had been clobbered by the Great Recession, had finally surpassed Texas in the creation of new jobs.

Steve Levy of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy led the cheerleading, in an analysis entitled “California Vaults over Texas in Job Revisions.”

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