If a "Progressive" is defined as someone who thinks taking others work product and giving to others less fortunate, then I think it's probably safe to label them as either utopian or even socialist. All depends if you feel that taking from others by force to support a "good" cause is ok. Problem comes in when the "good" cause isn't one of your liking, but you find yourself forced to pay for it (involuntarily), or else.
Texas has no income tax. State welfare benefits are among the least "progressive" in the country. Texas reportedly has the largest number of uninsured (read health insurance) percentage-wise in the U.S. Businesses aren't required to carry workers' compensation (only state in the country where wc is voluntary).
People are still moving here in spite of our non-progressive nature. Texas also created more jobs (non-governmental) in 2008 & 2009 than all other states combined. No one is forced to move to Texas; they can move to a more progressive state like Mass. which has a very "progressive" state health insurance program.
Texas is projected to pick up another 3 or 4 U.S. House seats in 2011. Wonder how many Mass will lose?
Michigan is very progressive. 16-20% unemployment (not to mention the wonderful winter weather).
I will mention one more time ---- anyone who needs health care in Texas gets it. Including expensive proceedures. For free if they can't pay. I do personally know people who have gotten first rate care from Houston area hospitals, without paying a dime.
So explain one more time why the *$ I would willingly go along with DC experimenting with my state's finances, and my health care?