Just when taxpayers thought they were safe from the anti-taxpayer ways of former State Rep. Fred Hill, he’s back. Hill used to draw $600 per month from the public treasury as a member of the Legislature working against taxpayer interests. Less than a month after leaving office, Hill is still working against taxpayer interests as a lobbyist, paid for by taxpayer dollars. The only difference? Now he is raking in six-figure fees from the public coffers.

According to data compiled by our blogging friends at the Voice of the Taxpayer, Hill is making upwards of $675,000 (paid for out of taxpayer funds) as a lobbyist.

No one begrudges the genuinely pleasant and congenial Mr. Hill making a living.

What taxpayers should be upset about is that he is paid out of tax dollars to pursue public policies that run contrary to the best interests of taxpayers — fighting against property tax relief, appraisal reform, and working for more government spending and increased taxing authority. Such efforts should be funded privately, not through tax receipts.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

Hill’s list of “clients” include taxpayer dollars generated in, through and for:

City of Allen
305 Century Parkway Allen, TX 75013
$25,000 – $49.999.99

City of Coppell
PO Box 478 Coppell, TX 75019
$25,000 – $49.999.99

City of Farmers Branch
13000 William Dodson Parkway Farmers Branch, TX 75234
$25,000 – $49.999.99

City of Richardson
411 W. Arapaho Rd. Richardson, TX 75080
$50,000 – $99,999.99

Conference of Urban Counties
500 W. 13th Street Austin, TX 78701
$50,000 – $99,999.99

Texas Association Of Counties
1210 San Antonio Street Austin, TX 78701
$150,000 – $199,999.99

Town of Addison
PO Box 9010 Addison, TX 75001
$25,000 – $49.999.99

Town of Flower Mound
2121 Cross Timbers Road Flower Mound, TX 75028
$10,000 – $24,999.99

City of Dallas
1500 Marilla 4E Dallas, TX 75201
$25,000 – $49.999.99

Dallas Area Rapid Transit
PO Box 660163 Dallas, TX 75266
$10,000 – $24,999.99

Michael Quinn Sullivan

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”

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