AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation published its first book in 19 years, The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America, authored by Chuck DeVore, a Vice President and Senior Fellow for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a former California State Assemblyman. 

In the book DeVore highlights the key governmental policy differences between Texas and other large states. DeVore explains how low taxes, limited government regulation, and a lawsuit climate that doesn’t overly burden business have together acted to increase job creation and entrepreneurship in Texas. 

“Understanding Texas’ success is important to understanding the route to American revitalization,” said Brooke Rollins, President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, “Take the two biggest states, California and Texas-some 20 percent of America calls one of these two states home, yet, they couldn’t be further apart in their governance. California is the prototype for America’s future on its current course. It has high taxes and a burdensome government, yet now has America’s highest poverty rate, 23.5 percent, while hosting a full third of America’s welfare caseload. Texas offers a different model, one that shows that liberty is the only real solution to poverty.” 

Chuck DeVore noted that one of the important tasks of the book was to answer the liberal critique of Texas, “Texas’ critics say we don’t tax enough or spend enough. But, the results speak for themselves. Our economy is thriving. Texans value hard work and we don’t see government as the answer to everything.” 

“I moved my family from California to Texas because of the lower regulation and tax climate that Texas offers,” DeVore continued. “Millions of others are voting with their feet and moving to states where they can find work or more easily create jobs. According to the latest labor statistics, the unemployment rate in California is 9.8 percent, while in Texas it is 6.2 percent.”  


The Texas Model has been widely received and continues to gain praise.


Chuck DeVore’s “…new book ‘The Texas Model’ …describes the key ingredients to Texas’s economic success.” – Wall Street Journal


“DeVore’s statistical reply to the critics of Texas’ economic model is devastating and convincing. If you want to get a panhandle on why Texas’s ‘Prosperity Model’ works, buy Chuck DeVore’s book.” – Wayne Lusvardi, Cal Watchdog 


The Texas Model is available on, both as print and digital versions.  

Brooke L. Rollins is President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Chuck DeVore is Vice President and Senior Fellow for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.


The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.