Anti-smoking groups are ready to start cashing bigger government paychecks. Already funded by taxpayers with dubious success, the various groups are salivating over reports that the state’s new $1-per-pack cigarette tax hasn’t reduced smoking — because they want in on the action.

The state is generating $244 million more from the tax than had been anticipated.

It’ll be fun to watch the various anti-smoking groups set each other on fire in an effort to get the money.

The American Lung Association sees getting this cash into their pockets as “a priority.” Meanwhile, the American Cancer Society’s Texas chapter wants the money flowing into their “fully funded anti-tobacco program.”

Both groups are united in their desire to keep the money out of taxpayers’ pockets.

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."