Michael Klein: Abbott’s Anti-Business, Catastrophic Closures [INTERVIEW]
On Friday's edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Michael Klein, Founder and President of the Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance, joined the program to talk about the hopes of reopening, dashed by Governor Greg Abbott yesterday, of many Texas bar owners.
During the conversation about the continued restrictions, Klein said,
I think it's not surprising considering the disastrous way in which anti-business Abbott has handled this entire ordeal since March...Our members, who have been closed now, for a second time, one hundred percent, since June 28th, most of them are at their end, financially, emotionally...What he's done is, he's an anti-business governor. And he's shut down permanently thousands and thousands of businesses, and over one hundred thousand plus employees [that are very important to] the Texas economy.
Later in the interview, Hasty asked Klein about his outlook on how many bars are on the brink of closing permanently. Klein replied,
Based on our membership, which is statewide...I'd say that thirty percent of our membership will never be able to return, those businesses are permanently closed. And with each passing day and week...where they're not able to reopen, I think we could see a catastrophic fifty percent of the 51 percent licenses that existed before March, will not reopen.
Listen to the entire interview with Michael Klein in the video above.
More information is available on the Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance website.
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