MQS, Bonnen, and Burrows Scandal Escalates – They Hate Cities and Counties

  • "My goal is for this to be the worst session in the history of the legislature for cities and counties."
  • "we hate cities and counties."
  • "On the political side, I would put ending funding for union dues."

Burrows did nothing wrong, this is what he said in an interview in Lubbock when he broke his silence. Which in this recording, it shows that he did indeed do a lot of things wrong! As a Representative, he said these things while in this meeting with Michael Quinn Sullivan, and Dennis Bonnen.

  • The story can be found here
  • The transcript of the conversation can be found here
  • Full Audio can be found here:

Things said by our Rep Dustin Burrows:

Local Control:

[M]y goal is for this to be the worst session in the history of the legislature for cities and counties…if I had to make one fundamental difference to the state of Texas, stopping the practice of tax dollars being used to lobby might make the biggest economic difference…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. I’ll take a hard look at them in the interim on a review, to see whether or not they’ve outlived their usefulness.” (page 34, 45, 47)

Screwing our schools:

  • “[W]e’re always careful to talk about eliminating the school M&O because you’ve got a 20-year horizon before you can eliminate the I&S. So you can’t eliminate all school property taxes, just contractually we’re in bed with school I&S for 20 years.” (pages 21, 22, 27, 48, 51)
  • “And this was the whole plan, and that’s the whole reason it even got started over there because they were not moving that thing. We did three-and-a-half percent. I tried to take CO’s and count it on M&O, which y’all never recognized, which is probably the biggest game-changer. They can’t get rid of this funny business. We removed schools to put in 3, not because it’s different philosophically.”

DUSTIN BURROWS: This is the RPT number one priority, it is the biggest game-changer. Terry Holcomb and Mark Ramsey coming to me, this is what we want, we passed it last minute. Maybe your criticism should be, why is RPT saying this is the number one priority of their planks, and of course now we’re getting these things that say we didn’t pass any of their planks. This was their plank position, eliminate school M&O property.
MICHAEL QUINN SULLIVAN: But it didn’t. It said we’re going to study it for two years, figure out a way to do it and then it will go away, maybe, unless the legislature does something different in two years. That’s the read of the legislation. Now, maybe you have the absolute certainty that in the next legislative session, the legislature would have done something to find $60 billion.
MICHAEL QUINN SULLIVAN: Yes. On the economic side, yes. On the political side, I would put ending funding for union dues. The government collection of union dues. Only because, you know, a good reading of Sun Tzu notes the first thing you do is cut off your enemy’s supply lines. 98 percent of union money goes to Democrats. You can justify, with a straight nonpolitical face, not having the government fund the collection of union dues.
DUSTIN BURROWS: We just have to put it on the floor as we did. Here’s the thing: It’s also a two-cycle process. If you can get taxpayer-funded lobby. Now we have the threshold requirement, now, that some of it should be out there being made public. Most people don’t understand what the hell taxpayer-funded lobbying does. They don’t know it’s being used against police, fire, taxpayers everything else. Trying to expose it and build a case will make a difference in getting it passed next session. Union dues may be the same type of then you just have to flop it, get a test vote out of it, you know, and then push the narrative or try to push the narrative in between, to get that done.
DUSTIN BURROWS: I guess we’ll have a Republican caucus meeting, hopefully, to elect the most moderate Democrat speaker and go to war.

What Bonnen said about Texans:

DENNIS BONNEN: He can. I’m that much closer to passing taxpayer-funded lobbying. Let me tell you something: In this office and in the conference room on that end, any mayor, county judge that was dumb ass enough to come to meet with me, I told them with great clarity, my goal is for this to be the worst session in the history of the legislature for cities and counties.
DUSTIN BURROWS: I hope the next session’s even worse.
DENNIS BONNEN: No, no. Let me be clear with you about that. You have no responsibility who runs. Your responsibility is whether your money lands there. Fair?
DENNIS BONNEN: When Damon Rambo ran, he ran on his own. Seriously, he really did, and then you funded him. And I want to be clear, I’m okay, I mean that, but 19 that’s a perfect example. He showed up completely on his own. I know that. I absolutely know that, Michael.
MICHAEL QUINN SULLIVAN: And that’s the way we’ve always approached things.
DENNIS BONNEN: So all I’m asking is that this time you don’t fund him.
MICHAEL QUINN SULLIVAN: Yeah, that was
MICHAEL QUINN SULLIVAN: Thank you, sir. Adios.
DENNIS BONNEN: Hey, and I’m not kidding, we should be able to beat some of these people. They’re horrible. And don’t forget, Blakemore told Schofield not to worry about it and they didn’t spend any money, Gary Elkins spent no money and did nothing. Those two seats, we should win. Beckley, we should beat. Ana Marie Ramos is awful. And don’t forget something else: If a Democrat member does make a public statement against a Republican, I’m all in against them.

Democrats disparaged:

Michelle Beckley (D-HD65-Carrollton) pp 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 41
Trey Martinez Fischer (D-HD116-San Antonio): pp 14,16
Ana Marie Ramos (D-HD102-Richardson) pp 12, 41
Jon Rosenthal (D-HD135-Houston) pp 12, 18

Democrats mentioned:

Chris Turner (D-HD101-Grand Prairie) pp 16
John Turner (D-HD114-Crockett) pp 19

“10 moderate Republicans who don’t want to help on anything:”

Steve Allison (R-HD121-San Antonio) pp 43, 44
Trent Ashby(R-HD57-Lufkin) pp 43, 44
Ernest Bailes (R-HD18-Shepherd) pp 43, 44
Travis Clardy (R-HD11-Nacogdoches) pp 32, 33, 34, 43, 44
Drew Darby (R-HD72-San Angelo) pp 44
Kyle Kacal (R-HD12-College Station) pp 44
Stan Lambert (R-HD71-Abilene) pp 44
Tan Parker (R-HD63-Flower Mound) pp 13, 44
John Raney (R-HD14-College Station) pp 44
Phil Stephenson (R-HD85-Wharton) pp 31, 34, 35, 44

Republican who is “just a dumb freshman:”

Keith Bell (R-HD4-Forney) pp 43, 44

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