Seriously, way to go TxDOT. Sure, you guys miscounted $1 billion. You’ve said you cannot build roads again because you’re broke. But, hey, you did just win 15 excellence in advertising awards!

According to the Texas Government Insider, TxDOT received the award from something called the “American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.” Even bureaucrats need to pat themselves on the back sometimes.

The ads getting the awards were for promoting vehicle registration. And, gee, I thought the big expiration date and threat of getting ticket from a burly state trooper were already fairly effective advertising…

No word on what these advertisements cost — and it’d probably make us shudder if we knew — but Mr. and Mrs. Texas, take a bow for your generous financing. Just try not to think how many lane-miles could be built, or traffic reduced, with the dollars the state has spent on various advertising programs over the years.

Think of it this way: Our frivolous spending was a lot better than any other state’s frivolous spending!

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."