State Rep. David Leibowitz wants you to do something about bullying. Specifically, the Helotes Democrat wants to use your money to pay for a bullying hotline that a “primary or secondary school student” can use to “report an incident of bullying.”

This takes the nanny state to a new level. Growing up I knew the best way to handle a bully was to knock him in the nose, or (as a last resort, if he was too big) to report the problem to mom and dad. These days, Leibowitz and Company want kids to use a confidential taxpayer hotline so state employees can cover the bully in red tape and bureaucratic therapy.

One benefit: If this thing gets enacted, taxpayers could use it to report on the appraisal district, city council, county commissioners and even lawmakers. I feel bullied every time I find out what they are costing me.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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