AUSTIN – Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released new population data showing the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. between 2012 and 2013. The new Census data indicates that seven of the top 15 fastest-growing municipalities are located in Texas. James Quintero, Director of the Center for Local Governance, issued this statement on the report:
“New data from the U.S. Census Bureau affirms the narrative of the past decade: people and opportunity are flooding into the Lone Star State like nowhere else in the nation. Of the 15 fastest-growing American cities from 2012 to 2013, seven are located here right here in Texas. Americans want a limited-government environment and the prosperity it brings -- and they are willing to vote with their feet to get it.
“As a growing number of Americans choose to call Texas home, it is critical that policymakers not lose sight of the reasons why: low taxes, limited government, and personal responsibility. Liberty is popular. That’s a message that needs reinforcement, particularly at the local level where some of the macro level trends involving taxes, spending, and debt are moving in the wrong direction. We can keep Texas and our cities beacons of prosperity and flourishing -- but to do that, we must understand the principles that got us here, and defend them in policy and the public square."
James Quintero is Director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. As a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for Fiscal Policy, Quintero concentrated on restricting the growth of taxation, appropriations reform, increasing governmental transparency, and instituting expenditure limits. Quintero holds an MPA with an emphasis on Public Finance from Texas State University.