The New Abortion Regulation In Texas Prompts Very Little Company Pushback : NPR

Few of the main corporations within the state are taking a stand on the legislation. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Chris Tomlinson, enterprise columnist for the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Specific-Information.



RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Some large firms have been swift to talk out towards how Texas has handled large political points, every part from voting rights, police reform, local weather change. However the brand new Texas legislation banning abortion hasn’t generated the identical response from company America. Governor Greg Abbott instructed CNBC final week Texas politics will not be hurting enterprise.

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GREG ABBOTT: This isn’t slowing down companies coming to the state of Texas in any respect. In truth, it’s accelerating the method of companies coming to Texas.

MARTIN: Houston Chronicle enterprise columnist Chris Tomlinson has been writing in regards to the function of company leaders in Texas politics. And he joins us now. Thanks for being right here.

CHRIS TOMLINSON: Oh, thanks for having me, Rachel.

MARTIN: First off, is there any proof of what Governor Abbott is claiming, that the brand new anti-abortion legislation is bringing enterprise to Texas?

TOMLINSON: You already know, our governor is simply whistling previous the graveyard. It is too early to know. Firms that determined to relocate made that call a 12 months in the past, two years in the past. It is – you understand, we won’t choose something by what’s taking place in the mean time.

MARTIN: Texas is the headquarters for a complete lot of massive U.S. companies. And as we famous, a number of of them went public rapidly, criticizing strikes by the state’s legislature on LGBTQ rights or what they view to be inadequate local weather coverage or gun legal guidelines. What’s completely different on this case? As a result of they don’t seem to be talking out in the identical method.

TOMLINSON: Effectively, you understand, within the final 4 years, we have seen a GOP conservative lawmakers clarify that they do not really feel any sense of accountability to company leaders. Each Abbott and our lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, have instructed them, mainly, keep out of politics. And that is one thing that might have been unthinkable 5 years in the past.

MARTIN: What are the repercussions of that, although? I imply, it is one factor if Governor Abbott says, we have to simply separate enterprise from politics. However for companies and companies, politics is an enormous a part of their model. It may be, anyway – how customers understand them.

TOMLINSON: Effectively, undoubtedly, customers, People usually anticipate their company leaders, the makers of the merchandise they care about, to take stands on social points. And sometimes, staff have excessive expectations from their employers. So I feel what we will see is a slowdown of firms coming to Texas as a result of their employers do not need to come right here, and the CEOs do not need to be related to it.

MARTIN: However is there one thing completely different in regards to the problem of abortion that is far much less clear-cut for a few of these companies and their advertising and marketing arms than voting rights or local weather change?

TOMLINSON: Sure, there’s a large distinction as a result of abortion actually does divide the nation. It’s an emotional problem. It is one which, you understand, you may’t take a stand on and have an upside. Should you stand for the local weather, after all you do. You need voting rights? That is simply being American. However abortion is a lot extra divisive. It is a lot extra private for those that taking a stand on it simply does not make any sense.

MARTIN: The way in which that Texas went about this and creating this enforcement mechanism that might empower residents – I imply, this actually is outstanding. And is there any expectation that though there is perhaps – may not be the company boycotts, that simply people would possibly make choices to not come to Texas for tourism or recreation or leisure?

TOMLINSON: You already know, I feel that is the actual threat to the Texas financial system – is that we do rely fairly a bit on tourism, notably San Antonio with the River Stroll and the Alamo. Houston is a significant conference city. So is Dallas. And, you understand, when folks vote, you understand, they’re voting with their ft. They’re voting with their {dollars}. And so they’re going to decide on to not come right here as a result of our fame is that of a deeply socially conservative state.

MARTIN: Enterprise columnist Chris Tomlinson with the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Specific-Information. Thanks.

TOMLINSON: Thanks.

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