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At the Bush Institute’s April 10 tax conference, one trend studied was migration patterns between states. Michael Cox, SMU-Cox School of Business professor, compared California to Texas. A recent Wall Street Journal article echoes Professor Cox’s presentation. Middle-class Californians are moving in hordes to states like Texas that have lower taxes and smaller fiscal deficits. California is left with a two-class system — the richest of the rich and those on permanent welfare. Much like the frontiersmen of the early-1800s escaping harsh tax burdens, California’s productive middle class has GTT — Gone to Texas.
Michael McMahan currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development, overseeing all fundraising activities and events as well as integration of long-term revenue planning for Bush Institute and public programming work.
Previously, he worked as Vice President, Strategy and Planning. In this capacity he coordinated strategic planning and strategic partnerships across the Bush Center. He also worked as Director, Institute Policy and Planning and as Program Manager for the Bush Institute’s economic growth initiative.
McMahan is a licensed member of the Texas Bar, and prior to joining the Bush Center he was an energy law litigator. He served in the George W. Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Texas (B.A., Economics) and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law (J.D.).
McMahan serves on the board of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance and is a founding board member of the Dallas chapter of America’s Future Foundation.Full Bio
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