Earlier this month, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra extended their state’s ban on government employees from traveling to four more states, including Texas, bringing the total of banned states to eight.

Becerra cited several “civil rights violations” by Texas and the other states, and noted that the states’ laws did not coincide with his interpretation of California values. He also singled out HB 3859, authored by State Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls), which recently was passed by the legislature, as a “prejudicial law.”

The bill, which became law shortly after the session when it was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, protects the religious freedom of organizations engaged in providing child adoption services.

Though the virtue-signaling move by Becerra will have little effect on actual travel between California and any of the states on the list, several far-left groups, most notably the ACLU, endorsed the move.

“These discriminatory laws in Texas, North Carolina, North Dakota, and other states are completely out of step with the values that make California the vibrant economic powerhouse that it is,” said the ACLU. The organization failed to note California’s crippling debt and worsening economic outlook.

While Becerra and other leftist California government officials live in their perfect leftist utopian bubble, California leads the nation in amount of taxes paid, while simultaneously ranking the lowest in the nation for quality of roads and education. One in three of welfare recipients in the country live in California and the state also leads the way for number of homeless people and number of crimes committed by homeless people.

Never one to miss an opportunity to get a jab in at the liberal state to our west, Abbott responded with a statement of his own, saying that California “can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation, and relocating to Texas.”

Texans should rejoice in the fact that California has banned its government employees from traveling to our great state. Considering how bureaucrats and big government ideologues have wrecked California, the last thing we need is for them to bring their bad ideas here.


Austin Goss

Austin Goss is the Capitol Correspondent for Empower Texans and Texas Scorecard. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Austin is a Christian, soldier in the United States Army Reserves, and a student at the University of Texas at Austin. Follow Austin on Twitter @AG_Legacy