Governor Greg Abbott talks about liquor and property taxes at Dallas Restaurant Conference

Governor Greg Abbott addressed the Texas restaurant industry Monday at the Texas Restaurant Association’s annual conference, held in Dallas this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

In front of a small crowd on stage among a group of viewing booths on the final day of the three-day conference, Abbott praised the work he did with the Texas Restaurant Association during the height of the pandemic to keep restaurants open.

“This relationship is very important,” he said of his office’s partnership with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. “It’s something we do all the time, but we’ve done it on steroids during the COVID period.”

He talked about the push to allow restaurants to sell in bulk and the COVID-19 liability protections passed by the Texas Senate, which ban lawsuits related to COVID-19 deaths and injuries against businesses.

“Among the other things that happened during COVID, one of the things people loved the most was drinking,” Abbott said when the cheers broke out.

Chefs criticize Dallas restaurant conference where Governor Greg Abbott is scheduled to speak

Abbott also promoted Texas’ economy, corporate relocation and population growth, which he said all bode well for restaurants and mean more customers. It also dealt with property taxes.

“I know if you’re a business owner or a property owner, you feel the property tax crunch too much,” he said. “You may have heard that Texas now has a record amount of cash or dollar reserves in our vaults as we move on to the next stage [legislative] session. I’m here to tell you that you can expect a very significant property tax cut in the next legislative session.”

In his speech, the governor did not refer to the state’s electricity network operator’s last call to the public to conserve electricity to avoid an energy emergency, and he did not respond to any questions from the public after his speech.

Abbott’s keynote address was followed by a meet and greet, open only to those who have donated to the TRA’s Political Action Committee.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, which endorsed Abbott in 2017, has donated $52,500 to his campaign since 2018, according to Transparency America.

Chefs criticize Dallas restaurant conference where Governor Greg Abbott is scheduled to speak

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