Fretting over Texas. Yesterday, in the Dallas Morning News, there was a long (very long) op-ed lamenting that Texas was no longer #1 in business or something to that effect. I can't recall what the writer was actually lamenting except to say that the Texas economy was no longer what it used to be. Most of the op-ed seemed to be about the "bathroom issue." I do remember that the writer lamented that the state of New York spent $20,000 per student in K - 12, whereas Texas only spent $7,000 per student. The writer was concerned that Texas students were not receiving the education they needed to succeed in the 21st century or compete with students from New York. But today, Platts is reporting that Texas is indeed #1 in something: gasoline consumption. Archived.