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A task force to examine how to restart the Texas economy after the shutdown

Policy // Texas politics
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Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick speaks as Governor Greg Abbott listens during a press conference at the State Capitol on the state’s response to the coronavirus Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Austin, Aus. Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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It will likely be weeks — at least — until Texas can restart its economy, but Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is already trying to give the public hope by creating a task force that will make recommendations on the best way to put everything back together and run again.

Patrick, a Republican, announced that he has created a task force to be led by Dallas-area businessman Brint Ryan, president and CEO of tax-services provider Ryan International, which will examine what steps the state will need to take once Governor Greg Abbott and President Donald Trump announce that people can get back to normal and get back to work.

“I’ve spoken to hundreds of business leaders across the state since the pandemic began, and I know they’re already thinking about what steps will need to be taken to get the economy back on its feet when the time comes.” , Patrick said in a statement.

Patrick said it would likely take longer to restart the economy than to shut it down and said he wanted to “make sure we’re ready to go as soon as possible”.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week that he had signed an executive order that requires all Texans to stay home except to go to work at a list of essential businesses or to perform key tasks like grocery shopping or to the drugstore. Restaurants and bars across the state have been closed but are allowed to take out and deliver.