Taxpayer Funded Lobbying?
Indianapolis Star columnist, Matt Tully, has this interesting column about the issue of taxpayer funded lobbying.
Matthew Tully: Services slashed, but local governments still spend millions to lobby Statehouse
Here’s a figure that will likely frustrate and annoy you: $2.3 million.
That’s how much tax money various units of Indianapolis government, from school districts to the mayor’s office, have spent over the past five years lobbying another unit of government, the state legislature. That’s an average of about $460,000 a year that isn’t being spent on parks or police or sidewalks but rather on pricey Downtown lobbyists.
Even in these brutal economic times for city and county government, local politicians have spent heavily to hire lobbyists to sway their fellow politicians over at the Statehouse. In many cases, not surprisingly, the local politicians have hired lobbyists with whom they have close personal or political ties.
It’s all in reports filed with the state’s Lobby Registration Commission, and it’s another reminder of why so many taxpayers look at government and scratch their heads.
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