California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has placed a travel ban on state employees visiting Texas. Texas joins Alabama, South Dakota, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky in California’s ban.
“Our taxpayer dollars will not be used to let people travel to these states,” said Becerra. “That choice to discriminate against Americans for whatever reason.”
Becerra referring to Texas HB 3859. The bill which will allow adoption agencies to deny services, based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.”
State universities in California could be included in the ban, potentially jeopardizing the Final Four, or even the Alamo Bowl if a California school is involved.
“You’d hate to be in a situation where [a California team] has earned the right to be in our game,” said Derrick Fox the CEO of the Valero Alamo Bowl. “By virtue of them having a travel ban and not coming to San Antonio, it would fall to a slot below them.”
It remains unclear how Texas will be impacted by the ban economically.
“California may be able to stop their state employees,” said a spokesperson for Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “But they can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation and relocating to Texas.”
San Antonio ranks as the most-visited tourist destination in the state, with 34.4 million visitors coming in annually. Tourism is one of the top five industries in the city.
“We are disappointed with the decision,” says Visit San Antonio. “Any travel ban is not good for business. San Antonio and Texas remain a warm, inclusive destination that welcomes all...”