86th Texas Legislative Session

Dear Editor:

The first indication that the 86th Legislative Session was an abysmal failure is that the Democrats were pleased with it.

Remember all the excitement in the House and Senate as members squabbled over how to spend your money they casually referred to as surplus revenue?

Surplus revenue is your elected officials’ way of defining the $10 BILLION that Texans were overcharged!

Their ‘feed frenzy’ resembled political buzzards circling the Capital most of which were frantically attempting to devour taxpayer funds!

There were a few bright spots… like Bettencourt, Paxton and Hall in the Senate and Stickland in the House.

I sincerely apologize for failing to recognize members who may have acted in good faith to do the right thing but faced overwhelming resistance by lobbyists and the big three “leaders”.

Elected representatives will now fan out across Texas spreading the good news about the success of the 86th Legislative Session.

I believe most of the session was one big ‘shell game’ with the three leaders shuffling funds around thereby creating the illusion that they were reducing taxes. While they were handing you a quarter, they were reaching in your pocket for a dollar! Your total tax burden went up, not down!

Nothing of any significance will EVER change in Austin until taxpayer funded lobbying is made unconstitutional in Texas!

Why was there sufficient time for lemonade stands and red light cameras but no time to fix issues of real significance to Texans like voter integrity, paper backups and taxpayer funded lobbying?

Most state reps and senators cave in rather than face the wrath of big money lobbyists. Is that why members of the “Freedom Caucus” (except for Jonathan Stickland) morphed into the “Me Too Caucus” and sucked up to the Speaker to secure a ‘place at the table.

Lenny Leatherman


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