The background to this is a leaked recording in which the Texas Speaker of the House offers media access to a far-right PAC in exchange for targeting his political opponents, but what interests me is how the conversation makes explicit what was already obvious: the Texas GOP views political power primarily as a bludgeon to target people they hate. In this case, starving increasingly Democratic cities of revenue.


“Why don’t we just take the two local pennies that are being used for economic development and put those into driving down property taxes? We don’t raise anything, it’s already a statewide average, it’s economic development dollars, we hate cities and counties.”

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