Three-quarters of state governments — more than at any time in recent memory — are fully controlled by either Republicans or Democrats. The values that underpin these governing strategies reflect contrasting political visions, and their differences can be seen in stark terms in when comparing Democratic-controlled California with Republican-controlled Texas.
Dec. 13, 2013 A closed amusement park is flooded after a morning rainfall in Dallas. Texas regularly outperforms California in rankings based on which states are friendlier for business. The Tax Foundation’s annual ranking of state tax business climates puts Texas at No. 11 and California at No. 48. Texas’s detractors say the reason for the Lone Star State’s economic success is an oil and gas industry that boomed through the recession, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in March that 7.5 percent of workers paid by the hour in Texas receive the minimum wage or less. Melina Mara/The Washington Post Buy Photo