Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation released the results of a poll that again demonstrates Texans’ overwhelming opposition to taxpayer-funded lobbying. Nearly nine out of ten Texans (88%) say they oppose using tax dollars to fund lobbyists to just five percent who say they support it. Fully 78 percent say they strongly oppose taxpayer money going to lobbyists.
The poll, which was taken from May 19 – 21, reaffirms a similar poll taken last December that showed effectively the same result. The survey was conducted for TPPF by WPA Intelligence and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.
“Government—especially local governments in Texas—has no business handing millions of taxpayer dollars over to lobbyists,” said Chuck DeVore, vice president of national initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “Those are critical funds that should be used for education, public safety, property tax relief or other priorities that benefit taxpayers directly. It is time to end taxpayer-funded lobbying in Texas to ensure taxpayers are not footing the bill for special interests in Austin.”