Last week, the Texas Public Policy Action (TPPA) launched its Texas Government Waste Contest, a public competition aimed at identifying the most egregious examples of state and local government waste in the Lone Star State.
"Even in Texas there is an incredible amount of wasteful spending, political favoritism, and crony capitalism. This contest will help to expose waste and cronyism," said TPPA Executive Director Nathanael Ferguson. "By creating a compendium of government waste we will arm taxpayers with the information they need to focus elected officials on solving problems and working to affect change."
Contestants will submit stories of a wasteful spending item or program in either a written essay or in an original creative video. Winners in each of the two categories will be awarded cash prizes, $4,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. All entries will be included in the Compendium of Texas Government Waste, copies of which will be furnished to every legislative office in advance of the 84th Legislative Session.
Get your entries in soon! The contest ends in just under one-and-a-half months.