This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on July 7, 2015.
The city of Austin has a reputation for favoring big government solutions. A new report offers some stunning insight into just how deep this government-knows-best philosophy goes.
The gist of the Austin Resource Recovery’s report, “Environmental Effects of the Single Use Bag Ordinance in Austin, Texas,” is that Austinites can’t be trusted to make the right decisions on their own and instead need city officials to choose for them — even though those choices may be “unwanted.”
Quintero is director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation; [email protected].