Combating the California-zation of Texas

In his his keynote address at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 13th annual Policy Orientation, then-Governor-elect Greg Abbott highlighted the problem of unchecked local regulation:

The truth is, Texas is being California-ized with bag bans, fracking bans, [and] tree-cutting bans. We are forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that are eroding the Texas Model. Some cities are telling citizens you don’t own some of the things on your property that you have purchased and owned for a long time, things like trees. This is a form of collectivism.

And, of course, he’s right.

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City governments in Central Texas and beyond oftentimes look to Austin for model policies, like those dealing with short-term regulations. If the city’s STR regulations aren’t stopped here and now, then other cities are sure to adopt a very similar approach, putting at risk the freedoms of even more hard-working Texans.

- Bryan Mathew