Greg Abbott confronts coronavirus as stronger governor than Texas had 50 years ago

By Robert T. Garrett

6:15 AM on Mar 22, 2020


AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has not been shy about aggressively expanding the powers of his office.

The coronavirus outbreak offers Abbott, who espouses limited government, perhaps unprecedented opportunities to exercise great clout as Texas’ chief executive.

“There will be many directives issued by this office over the coming days,” he told reporters as he issued his first disaster declaration on March 13.