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Public-sector unions are afforded the benefit of government entities collecting their dues and remitting them to the union on a regular basis. Other entities that engage in the political process aren’t afforded this opportunity, rightfully so.

By continuing this practice, Texas further emboldens unions. In states where union members manually contribute their dues on a regular basis, unions have seen a sharp decline in membership.

Prohibiting government-union collusion isn’t intended to stifle the speech or ability of public sector unions to advocate for their members as union members would still be able to contribute to associations of their choosing. The only difference is, the burden would simply fall on the unions, rather than taxpayers, and this potential conflict of interest would be removed.

Taxpayer resources should not be used to facilitate the collection of funds that are essentially used to lobby against polarized, anti-free market ideals.

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