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

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.”