Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying

Dallas Leads Texas Cities in “Hidden” Debt

Dallas Leads Texas Cities in “Hidden” Debt

The City of Dallas has been exposed for keeping billions in “hidden” debt from its financial statements. According to a recent report, Dallas currently has the third highest taxpayer burden in the nation, driven primarily by unfunded pension obligations that are held...

Government Associations Oppose Taxpayer Transparency

Government Associations Oppose Taxpayer Transparency

Government interest groups are confessing their belief that reforms aimed at providing greater fiscal transparency to voters will be harmful to local governments. Unsurprisingly, a better-informed voter makes debt-hungry governments nervous. During Wednesday’s hearing...

TML Distorts Reform to Defend Its Power

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TML Distorts Reform to Defend Its Power

By mislabeling restrictions on government lobbying as a “gag order,” the Texas Municipal League is desperately trying to defend its gig as the anti-taxpayer lobbyists in Austin.  Their opposition is specifically targeted at Rep. Matt Shaheen’s (R-Plano) HB 1257, which...

Metroplex Mayors: Local Hypocrites When Convenient

Metroplex Mayors: Local Hypocrites When Convenient

In a stunning display of unprincipled hypocrisy during a recent interview, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings doubled down against pro-taxpayer reforms using worn out “local control” rhetoric. Conveniently, they abandoned such rhetoric for...

Birdville ISD Backs Out

Birdville ISD Backs Out

Birdville ISD (BISD) officials, led by School Board President Cary Hancock, previously committed to deliver on a pledge traditionally viewed by the establishment as unthinkable; tell voters the whole truth at the ballot box…voluntarily. But at the 11th hour, they...