DALLAS -- Texas should continue to outpace the national economy as strong population growth makes it the second most populous state by the end of the decade, state economists say.

"The good news is that we will outperform the national economy," said Tom Plaut, chief economist for the Texas Comptroller's office. "The bad news is that our growth won't be anything like what Texas experienced in the 1970s and the early 1980s."

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