In a blog posting this afternoon, Dallas Morning News editorial writer Rodger Jones admits his position in support of heavy increases on gasoline and new motor vehicle fees isn’t friendly to taxpayers. His admission came in a posting cheering on the pro-tax rally (no doubted funded by taxpayer dollars) that will be attended by Dallas’ mayor at the Capitol on Friday.

On April 15, tens of thousands of taxpayers rallied at Tea Parties opposing high taxes. Now the taxers are having their own rally, Friday, May 29, 1 p.m. on the south steps of the Capitol. Anyone up for a counter-rally?!

DMN’s Jones writes, “(Local officials) are filling up at least two buses in D-FW to get folks to the Capitol. Representatives of the Dallas Citizens Council and Greater Dallas Chamber are expected to attend.”

He also took issue with the work of TFR and our friends at the Texas Public Policy Foundation for “working overtime” against the tax hike. We’re working overtime with voluntarily donated dollars. The lobbyists at HillCo trying to raid your pocket? Their being paid from your taxes. Not exactly an even fight.

Then comes the back-handed compliment from Jones. He writes, “The tactic is to scare House members with the possibility of bad grades on the TFR’s running tax friendliness scale.”

So our Fiscal Responsibility Index is a measure of “friendliness” on taxpayer issues. Making his position, and the position of the DMN… Decidedly unfriendly.

Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is the Director of Innovation for Texas Scorecard.