Why should you care about putting a stop to taxpayer funded lobbyists and who is championing this for us in Austin?
Briefly, taxpayer funded lobbyists represent tax funded entities like your local school district, city council, water district, etc. It also includes other organizations that collect their dues from tax funded governmental entities.
A great example of one of these organizations is the Fast Growth School Coalition. The FGSC is made up of school districts that claim to represent schools whose growth exceeds the norm. Their stated goal is to represent these school districts in Austin lobbying the legislature to “ensure continued support for coalition members”
So, now here is the problem with that. The goal of this lobbying is to “help districts cope with the financial and structural demands of their rapidly expanding populations”, in English, they use your tax dollars to gain membership to the FGSC who then goes to Austin with the stated goal of increasing your tax dollars.
The school districts are not the only guilty participants to this scheme. Cities and water districts use lobbyists much the same way. We must hold our representatives accountable.
Our liberty depends upon creating less dependence on government and more on our Savior. This can only be done by electing God fearing representatives as described in Deuteronomy that will not be blinded nor have their words perverted by bribes from those whose words are already perverted and are already blinded.
“You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20 NASB)
Currently in the Texas Senate, there are such champions of Liberty. Konni Burton has chosen to take a stand on this issue and she should be applauded. She will only allow the cities and school districts that she represents to address her office directly. A small step that speaks loudly to the Liberty she holds in great regard. I pray other representatives follow suit.
“I am here to defend and represent the taxpayer. Shining a light on this practice by not participating in it is helping to do just that.” – Konni Burton, Texas State Senator SD10
Konni Burton’s web page blog provides her official statement: