Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Tuesday that he is forming a task force out of the state’s Business Advisory Council to focus on “re-starting the economy.”

“We know it will take us much longer to start the economy back up than it did to shut it down for the coronavirus pandemic emergency,” the Republican said in a statement. “I have spoken to hundreds of business leaders across the state since the pandemic began, and I know they are already thinking about steps that will need to be taken to put the economy back together when the time comes. I am confident Texas can lead a strong economic recovery both in our state and nationwide and I want to make sure we are ready to go as soon as possible.”

The announcement drew the attention of conservative radio host Mark Levin, who praised the move.

“CONGRATULATIONS TEXAS! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO DO AS WELL — AS I’VE BEEN URGING ON-AIR FOR DAYS!” Levin tweeted.

Patrick has been a vocal supporter of getting Texans back to work as soon as possible, noting that the economic consequences will be dire the longer that doesn’t happen.

“My message is that let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living,” Patrick told Tucker Carlson at the end of March. “Let’s be smart about it and those of us who are 70-plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.”

Questions have been raised over the last week by news personalities and pundits about how necessary lockdown measures are and what effect they will have on the economy going forward.

“It’s time to start caring about the entire population,” Carlson said on his show Monday night. “Healthy people are suffering badly too.”

Author: Andrew Mark Mille

Source: Washington Examiner: Texas Lt. Gov. announces task force to focus on ‘re-starting the economy’