Yesterday, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and its sister think tank, the Goldwater Institute, filed suit against the city of Austin and the Austin Firefighters’ Association challenging the costly and common practice of release time.

More from the suit:

“The City of Austin (“Austin”) is engaged in a taxpayer-funded practice that diverts firefighters away from some of the most crucial services Austin provides, and instead places them under the direction and control of a private labor organization for its own use and benefit. No significant limit, control, or accountability is placed on the union’s use of these public safety resources. Indeed, not only do the majority of release time activities not advance a public purpose, they are often directly opposed to the interests of Austin and Austin taxpayers.

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