I recently saw a link to a page on Texas Governor Greg Abbott's personal campaign website, along with the endorsement, "I'm starting to like this guy..." I clicked on the link hoping to find proposals for how local governments are supposed to fund local needs -- you know, things like education for special needs, relief of overcrowded classrooms, giving teachers raises, repaving our streets and alleys, keeping swimming pools open, etc. But it turns out that those aren't the problems Governor Abbott cares about. And he certainly isn't interested in working with local government in coming up with solutions.
Instead I found a proposal by the governor to impose caps on the taxes that fund local government, regardless of local need, regardless of the health of local economies. The governor knows that citizens want better schools and want stronger cities. But the governor himself wants smaller government. His proposal is designed to get what he wants, regardless of local wants or needs.
Greg Abbott is just another in a long line of politicians in Austin wanting to take away local control over local issues. Instead of placing handcuffs on local government, he ought to be empowering it. I'll be voting against him in 2018 and for someone who supports public schools. So, no, I'm not starting to like this guy.