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It’s All About More Money ~ Joe Straus and the Gambling Lobbies

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It’s All About More Money

Michael Quinn Sullivan has another great article out that explains the challenges many Texans have with Speaker of the House – Joe Straus.

Expect to hear lots of happy-talk about free money to fund bloated bureaucracies when the legislature meets. A big push for expanded gambling is coming, but it has nothing to do with free markets or keeping taxes low. It just means more money flowing from your wallet to state government.

Austin lobbyist Bill Miller told the Associated Press in an article today that lawmakers should use the push by school districts for more money as the excuse to hand out crony-based gambling licenses. “It’s an opportunity… A golden one, actually.”

Perhaps an opportunity for politically-connected moguls wanting state-enforced monopolies, and certainly for lobbyists helping them navigate the halls of the Capitol… But it will be a disaster for taxpayers.

Look at, literally, every state that has expanded gambling for the purposes of bringing in new revenues. The efforts have failed. From Oklahoma and Louisiana to Michigan and Illinois, New Jersey to Nevada, states with expanded gambling have worse budget woes than Texas. Much, much worse. 

The proposals coming down the pike have absolutely nothing to do with the free market, and everything to do with making sure friends of gambling investor Speaker Joe Straus and his family get rich off state-authorized and state-enforced monopolies. It’s cronyism at its worst.

Please take the time to read the full article here. 

 

As was featured in WomenOnTheWall.org’s latest video out ~ It’s unusual -even in Texas- to encounter a single piece of legislation that has the potential to put MILLIONS of dollars in the pocket of a top state leader. 

 

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; David Simpson and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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