Dallas-Fort Worth area city fathers are looking to take a bigger bite out of your wallet — to fund lobbyists who’ll twist lawmakers arms in Austin to allow those same city fathers to take even bigger bites out of your wallet. The Fort Worth Business Press reports that “three counties, 15 or 20 cities” are willing to spend “substantial money ” to hire lobbyists for the legislative session. Their goal? To raise taxes in north Texas.

The article itself never mentions taxes; fun euphemisms like “self-finance” are used to describe how the region’s governmental entities want to fund transportation projects. Get this straight, government doesn’t “self-finance,” it taxes. Rather than ferret out the well-documented waste and fraud in the various mass transit departments, the regional governmental entities have been begging the Legislature to let them levy more taxes.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

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


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