If we didn't have to pay welfare for other states, we'd have more money to spend on roads - and on those idiot mass transit initiatives the politicos keep stealing the road money to pay for.
That said, the state-maintained highways and roads are usually pretty good. It's at the city and county level that things usually fall apart.
That's because bedrock is pretty close to the surface in LA. Not so much in most of TX.
That said, it can't possibly be as bad as you claim, or I couldn't have shot this video by just putting the camera on the S3's dash - it would have bounced off.