The City of Grapevine, in North Texas, recently hired a lobby firm, Solutions for Local Control, LLC, to assist “in developing political and legislative strategies.” Behind the firm is mainly one individual, former state Rep. Fred Hill (R-Richardson), who scored only 60% on the Texans for Fiscal Responsibility Fiscal Responsibility Index during his final term in the Texas House. In what looks to be a blatant assault on public transparency, and perhaps illegally, Grapevine conducted its meetings about the lobby contract behind closed doors.
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“In the past we’ve been able to out maneuver them as a city with our lobbyist, but now they’ve figured out the lay of the land, they’ve figured out who’s who.”
A senior member of the Senate has been hired as a lobbyist on behalf of a government board, presenting a clear conflict of interest.
Tax-funded lobbying groups such as Texas Municipal League and the Texas Association of Counties are maneuvering in lock-step with cities such as Round Rock to defeat pro-taxpayer reforms during this special session.
Texas Municipal League, a tax-funded lobbying group, is attacking the Senate Interim Committee on property taxes.
Tax-funded lobbying is big business in Austin, and two firms are currently engaged in a lawsuit over contracts with several Texas cities. Since the public is likely to be indirectly subsidizing this case, perhaps the least that will result is greater transparency between governmental bodies and the lobbyists they hire with tax dollars.
With the Straus-Johnson Coalition dismantled in the House, Republicans can protect Texas from Democrats by producing bold results.
That taxpayers are funding their own opposition is egregious, and should stop.
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility takes a look at two of the candidates vying for a seat on Midland school board.
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