Gov-Elect Abbott Says Local Regulations 'California-ize' Texas

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott takes aim at local regulations, exemplified by tree-cutting bans in cities like Houston and San Antonio.
January 9, 2015, 9am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"[Texas] Gov.-elect Greg Abbott on Thursday took aim at local regulations affecting tree cutting, plastic bags and fracking, saying that they are contrary to his vision for the state," reports Peggy Fikac.

Abbott's quote, as spoken to theTexas Public Policy Foundation: "Texas is being California-ized and you may not even be noticing it….This is being done at the city level with bag bans, fracking bans, tree-cutting bans. We’re forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules nd [sic] regulations that is eroding the Texas model."

Fikac devotes more ink to Abbott's quote, who goes on to speak at greater length about the pre-eminence of property rights among the values represented by Texas. Then a final shot at California, by way of Abbott: "Unchecked overregulation by cities will turn the Texas miracle into the California nightmare faster than you can spell TPPF."

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Published on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in The Houston Chronicle
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