Only lawmakers can stop local governments from bleeding us dry.
By Wayne Hoffman | President
Contrary to the famous marketing campaign, pork is not white meat. It’s red. I know this because the consumption of even the tiniest amount of red meat causes me to be covered in hives. Pork is no exception. This is the result of a tick that bit me when I was a teenager. (If you’re curious about my condition, Google “alpha-gal syndrome.”)
The other day, I thought a lot about that tiny critter, the source of my affliction, as an army of local government officials, like ticks on parade, pleaded with legislators to let them keep siphoning ever more money from property taxpayers, who were practically begging the same lawmakers for a break. The little parasite that burrowed his head under my skin more than 30 years ago probably didn’t intend to hurt me, it just wanted my blood, just as local government officials don’t want to hurt people. To the contrary. They’re mostly decent people, the folks who work for cities, counties, highway districts, and other taxing entities.