Record high jobless claims and the promise of lasting economic damage are starting to weigh on governors stronger than Dr. Doom and his garbage models, apparently.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday said he’d soon unveil strategies for reopening the Texas economy.
“Restoring livelihoods” is important but must be done safely, he said.
As layoffs mount and businesses teeter, many Texans are eager for some relaxation of orders requiring isolation and staying physically apart as much as possible, Abbott conceded.
“I know they want to get back into the workforce,” he said. “But we have to articulate also the strategies about ways we can do this safely. And that’s one thing we’ll be doing next week.”
Showing characteristic deliberation — some would say caution — Abbott declined to directly rebut Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s comment earlier in the day about how, ideally, some businesses might reopen in early May.
But he put some distance between himself and Patrick, who for weeks has said on Fox News and elsewhere that Americans can’t — and shouldn’t have to — tolerate an indefinite shutdown of business.
At a news conference at the Texas Capitol, Abbott said he’d be closely watching for guidance from President Donald Trump and the White House on “economic revitalization,” which he expects soon.
Next week, Abbott said, he’ll issue an executive order “talking about what will be done in Texas about reopening Texas businesses.”
“We will focus on protecting lives while restoring livelihoods,” he said. “We can and we must do this. We can do both.”