Local governments should not be allowed to use taxpayer dollars to lobby the state for more taxpayer dollars or increased regulatory power.
- Cities, counties, school districts, and special districts spend as much as $41 million in taxpayer dollars on outside lobbyists to lobby state government during the legislative session.
- Local government often lobbies against the interests of the taxpayers they represent, advocating for higher taxes and larger government.
- Locally elected officials already have the ear of their state representatives, paying millions to professional outside lobbyists is unneeded.
- The Legislature should ban the ability of local government to use taxpayer dollars to hire outside lobbyists and prohibit public funds from going to public agency associations.