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Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying and Alternative Conservative News in Texas (Guest: Konni Burton)

May 22, 2019

Former Texas State Sen. Konni Burton joins the podcast to discuss some of the issues she championed in the Senate, such as banning local governments in Texas from using taxpayers’ money to hire firms to lobby their own state legislators.

Former Texas State Sen. Konni Burton joins the podcast to discuss some of the issues she championed in the Senate, such as banning local governments in Texas from using taxpayers’ money to hire firms to lobby their own state legislators. Her experience in the legislature led her to found a center-right news service, “The Texan.”

Burton served in the Texas State Senate from 2015-2019. In the Senate, she served on the Higher Education, Criminal Justice, Nominations, and Veteran Affairs & Military Installations committees. Among the issues she championed in the Senate was barring taxpayer-funded lobbying of the legislature, state pre-emption of local regulations and mandates on business, and abolishing civil asset forfeiture.

Prior to running for office, Konni was a small business owner, and since leaving the legislature earlier this year, has launched a new enterprise, The Texan, a news site covering Texas politics and government, of which she is CEO.

Burton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas.

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Joe Barnett is a research fellow and managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute
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