Contest targets exposing Texas government waste

While sensible economic and business regulatory policies have spared Texas from the grief past years have brought other areas, the Lone Star State is not without its challenges. Local government debt is a serious affront to taxpayers as also is government waste.

With that, the Texas Public Policy Action is sponsoring a Texas Government Waste Contest offering the public opportunity to identify and highlight egregious or frivolous expenditures/activities found at all levels of the state’s operations.

“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,” TPPA Executive Director Nathanael Ferguson said. “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.”

The contest is currently underway and runs through Oct. 24, 2014. Winners will be announced by Nov. 14, 2014.

Stories of wasteful spending items or programs submitted in either a written essay or original creative video are sought. Winners in each of the two categories will be awarded cash prizes. First place winners will receive $4,000; second place $2,000 and $1,000 for third place.

All entries will be included in a Compendium of Texas Government Waste publication that will also be furnished to every legislative office ahead of the 84th Texas Legislature’s start date on Jan. 15, 2015.

TPPA says all submissions must be limited to wasteful spending in Texas state or local government. Entries will be vetted for accuracy and citations must be included. A panel of policy experts including Americans for Prosperity Policy and Legislative Director Peggy Venable, True the Vote Founder and President Catherine Engelbrecht, and Grassroots America Executive Director JoAnn Fleming will serve as judges.

“Our aim is to inform, engage, and empower citizens to help promote pro-growth policies of limited government and fiscal restraint,” Ferguson said.

Entries can be submitted to

Lou Ann Anderson is an information activist. As a contributor at Watchdog Wire – Texas, Raging Elephants Radio and Examiner Austin, she writes and speaks on a variety of public policy topics. Lou Ann is the creator and online producer at Estate of Denial®, a website that addresses probate abuse via wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney as well as other taxpayer advocacy issues.

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