Texas is thriving economically if recent calculations of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) are any indication. If the Lone Star state were a country, the GDP would be the world’s twelfth highest. Marcus Hiles, a real estate investor and developer in the Dallas area, credits the strong economy to curbed spending growth and minimal government regulation of business. “Over the past decade, our leaders have created an environment for businesses and residents to thrive,” he notes. “We have no corporate or personal income tax, and during each session, our Legislature curbs spending growth.” To see similar success, Hiles says other states should follow Texas’ lead.