Oil and natural gas development accounts for about 40 percent of the Texas economy, supporting more than two million jobs and providing over $15 billion in tax and royalty revenue for public services. Texas schools receive hundreds of millions of dollars from oil and gas activity, in the form of both royalties and tax revenue. Cheap natural gas has given families lower energy bills and brought manufacturing back to Texas. Record oil production has given us lower gasoline prices and more energy security. Local bans undermine those contributions, putting men and women out of work and reducing the number of future job opportunities for Texas students.