To this end, Texas (like Nevada, Florida, Washington, New Hampshire and others) has no state income tax, which would certainly make it attractive to high-earning California exes like Elon Musk.
Despite this, all states, including self-proclaimed bastions of individual liberty, need to get their money from somewhere, and in the case of Texas, what they leave on the table in terms of income tax is made up in other levies, notably property taxes. In fact, there are credible claims that the middle class tax burden in Texas is indeed HIGHER than it is in California.
The thing is, when property prices go up 40% in three years, those property taxes begin to take an increasingly large toll on homeowners. In defense of Texas, they appear to be doing something about it, with a law poised to pass that would cap school taxes and expand homeowner exemptions, among other measures.
This should stop the states meteoric growth in tax burden. As for Elon, property taxes notwithstanding, I’m told he’ll only stay if Texas drops the T, E, A, and S from the state’s name.