Texas is much like the rest of the U.S. politically -- the populated areas vote Democrat, and the fly-over portions votes Republican. True to form, voters in three big Texas cities voted to take on huge debt burdens -- $720 million in Austin for a transportation bond; $1 billion in Arlington for a ball park; and $450 million in San Antonio for education. See Blue cities in red state of Texas vote themselves deeper into debt.
Here in little Midland, Texas, citizens had their say, and last September elected leaders hiked their taxes anyway. To escape the red state mentality of tax-and-spend it would seem that one would have to seek even smaller communities, but even then, there's no guarantee.
Meanwhile, all those debts and promises eventually come due. And at least one writer, when looking at Dallas' underfunded police and firefighter pension liability asked, Dallas to Declare Bankruptcy? That may have been a bit of hyperbole, but the problem of local leaders being tempted to over-promise and hike taxes is ever present.