Konni Burton, a first-term state senator representing the Fort Worth area, announced she will not deal with lobbyist who are paid with taxpayer dollars. She said
Our office is more than willing to meet with any lobbyist regarding issues facing businesses, individuals or trade organizations, just not those who are getting paid with taxpayer dollars, who very well could be pushing policy that is in direct conflict with the will of the people
No one would hire a lobbyist to represent their opponent in a business deal, so it’s not hard to see the conflict involved in the situation. At a very minimum, it is fiscally irresponsible to have taxpayers pay for it. Read more on this subject in the article in the Star-Telegram.