It’s a harmless tradition, Texas lawmakers taking off a few hours to play football. Yes, they do it during the work-day and on your dime. Still, think of it this way: that’s one day they won’t be raiding the rainy day fund, sneaking into your pocket, or regulating your business.
After making a brief appearance at the Capitol next Tuesday (Feb. 26), lawmakers will load up on buses and drive two hours to College Station, where you’ll be paying them to play football at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.
The combined legislator per-diem for February 26? Approximately $22,000 for the 150 House members.
(One might wonder why they aren’t playing at the state-owned football stadium just a few blocks north of the Capitol at the University of Texas… but as an Aggie I can hardly blame them for not wanting to play there.)
State Rep. Eddie Lucio III
It’s tempting to criticize lawmakers for taking off a work-day to go play a game of flag football. Just consider… they could instead be playing games with your money under the Capitol’s pink dome.
So on careful reflection, we at TFR heartily endorse a flag football league for legislators – with the caveat that games only be played during the hours when they would otherwise be legislating.