Despite the narrative advanced by many politicians, Texas’ local governments have an enormous spending problem. In total, over the last twenty years, local spending growth has increased nearly twice as fast as the combined rate of population growth and inflation. The government burden for each Texan is growing.
Not all local governments are run amok, but interestingly, the latest efforts to require voter-consent for tax increases are unanimously met with opposition. It raises the question: for those local politicians who are governing responsibly, why fear greater citizen-scrutiny?
In addition to overall spending, Texas has the second highest local debt per person in the United States. Unsurprisingly, politicians interested in preserving their own power meet every single pro-taxpayer reform with vicious opposition, all in the name of “local control.”
But local control is simply a governing preference—liberty, however, is a governing principle. After all, unlimited government at any level undermines liberty.
Cities and counties blame runaway school districts for the debt epidemic. School districts blame the ….. read more here.