Thursday, August 30, 2018

#TXLEGE: Grassroots Coalition calls on Sunset Commission to CUT Government

"Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
And for lack of justice there is waste."
Proverbs 13:23

The Texas Sunset Commission is meeting this week; this morning, a coalition of grassroots organizations released a letter calling on the commission to actually reduce the size and scope of government:

It'll be interesting to see what happens.  Given the membership of the commission, a wide range of outcomes is plausible.  Obviously, the house members are terrible.  But the Senators on the commission are reasonably decent.

That being said, if the house members are smart, this would be a smart time to offer the grassroots an olive branch.  A number of these agencies and boards are completely pointless, but are nevertheless obscure enough to have minimal impact.  Thus, this is an opportunity to establish limited government street cred without it impacting their other ambitions.

Also, for those members of the commission who care about such things, there is money in these agencies that could be spent on education.

Finally, from a local perspective, we'd love to take any property these agencies and use it for residential construction.  Housing shortage and whatnot.  Thus, we're glad that there are two Austin-based commission members.

Bottom Line:  This year's sunset process will help establish the tone for next session.  A wide range of outcomes is possible.  It'll be interesting to see what happens.

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