There is a long history of Very Serious politicians in Texas who love the free market. Former Governor Perry was a fan. Ken Paxton, the state’s current attorney general and a tea party Republican, is too, according to this Statesman story on the Google investigation:
“There is nothing wrong with a business becoming the biggest game in town if it does so through free market competition,” Paxton said.
Since Paxton took office in 2015 Texas officials have granted more than $200 million in subsidies to companies for economic development and participated in a $460 million “megadeal” awarded to Exxon in 2017, according to data compiled by Good Jobs First.
That’s quite an embrace.