"There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand."
Yesterday, the Dallas City Council passed a bathroom ordinance similar to the one voters in Houston JUST shot down. This adds Dallas to the list of urban governments that have recently made myopic decisions. This will have long-term consequences that are not yet understood.
It's often noted that, while the rural and suburban areas are OVERWHELMINGLY red, urban areas in Texas lean towards blue. Since 2013, however, local governments in Texas' cities have overreached in ways that undermine their long-term viability. The issues vary, but they point in the same direction.
Consider the following:
- Austin -- In 2013, the school bond failed. In 2014, the rail bond failed. In 2015, the courthouse bond failed.
Austin has been in a property tax REVOLT for the past two years. That revolt has already killed the three bonds listed above and put Don Zimmerman and Ellen Troxclair on the Austin City Council. Conservatives didn't create the climate, but it's easy to exploit. Furthermore, the status quo crowd shows no sign of heeding this lesson. Unless incumbent elected officials change course next year (which they won't), Austin's tax revolt will grow DRAMATICALLY in 2016.
Property Taxes. Property Taxes. Property Taxes. Property Taxes. Property Taxes. Property Taxes. Property Taxes.
- Dallas -- Dallas had been lagging, but yesterday's city council vote is likely to produce the same backlash we saw in Houston.
- Houston -- The bathroom ordinance got the most press, but Houston's fiscal CRISIS deserves equal billing. Houston now has more debt than Detroit. Those issues combined to produce a conservative tsunami on election night that knocked out an alleged 'rising star' of the Texas Democrat party.
Bill King, the conservative candidate likely to win Houston's mayoral runoff, has pledged to fix the pension situation. Structural fiscal reforms will permanently reduce the footprint of municipal government. That's terrible news for statists and their rent-seeking enablers.
The soon-to-be third largest city in the U.S. is about to elect a Scott Walker-style reformer as mayor and radical homosexual activists have only themselves to blame.
- San Antonio -- During Julian Castro's final term, voters belatedly woke up. In 2014, after Obama gave Castro a face-saving exit, the council elevated a Castro antagonist to Mayor. In 2015, Ivy Taylor won a full term thanks to conservatives.
Furthermore, turnout in the 2015 election was twice the 2013 total.
Now the City of San Antonio is playing with fire over annexation; woe unto them if they're stupid enough to move forward.
Bottom Line: Across Texas, big city governments have provoked grassroots rebellions. While the triggering issues vary, the underlying dynamics are identical. This will have long term consequences no one has considered.