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
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?
(See Texas on the Brink study below for more information on pressing state issues)

Sample Solution