21st century state government

The state of Texas has its share of critics and die-hard defenders. Among the criticisms of state government are accusations of being an antiquated and restrictive government (caused by a long and cumbersome state constitution, limited government, and regressive tax structure). Advocates argue, however, that many criticized features are precisely why the state has one of the strongest economies in the country. What do you think?

Does Texas have a 21st Century Government?

In a minimum of 1200 words and using one area of state government as the basis of your response, respond to the question.

In your response to the primary question, consider these additional areas of inquiry:

1) Is the structure of government created by the current constitution effective? Is constitutional revision necessary?

2) Are local governments granted enough flexibility under the state constitution? For example, should county governments have ordinance authority?

3) Are we prepared (or structured) as a government to address some of the most pressing issues in the state?

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