This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on August 4, 2015.
The Lone Star State is renowned for being a bastion of conservatism. But Texas’ love for low taxes and limited government— which has helped transform the state into an economic juggernaut — is really only true when referencing state government. The predominant governing philosophy among Texas’ local governments is decidedly not right-of-center.
Broadly speaking, policies enacted by cities, counties, and school districts tend to favor government-centric solutions that often corrode individual liberty and economic freedom. There are, of course, exceptions, especially in smaller, more rural communities. But the overall tilt is most decidedly to the left, in the direction of big government.
Quintero is the director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.