The Friend of the Taxpayer Award from Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy is a new recognition for policymakers whose efforts have contributed to protect the pocketbooks of constituents and for dedication to public service.
“We want policymakers to remember that every dime government spends comes from taxpayers and consumers,” said Peggy Venable, director of Texas CSE. “We commend the efforts of the award recipients to make sure taxpayers are getting their money’s worth and that government does not make decisions consumers should be making in the marketplace.”
This is the first year Texas CSE has presented its Friend of the Taxpayer Award. Texas CSE selected state legislators and office holders to receive this award based on their consistent support of the principles of less government, lower taxes and fewer regulations.
The commitment award winners have made to empowering their constituents to participate in public policy decision making and appreciate that that citizens can manage their lives better than a government bureaucrat can.
These legislators have also significantly helped consumers during the past legislative session by supporting civil justice reform. By limiting run away lawsuits and greedy trial lawyers, consumers will find higher quality, safer and lower priced products in the marketplace.
1999 Friend of Taxpayer award recipients are:
Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander received the first Friend of the Taxpayer Award when she addressed approximately 150 Texas CSE activists at the first Texas CSE Day at the Capitol.
Sen. Jane Nelson – Flower Mound
Sen. Mike Jackson – LaPorte
Sen. Steve Ogden – Bryan
Sen. Troy Frasier – Marble Falls
Rep. Talmadge Heflin – Houston
Rep. Joe Crabb – Altascocita/Kingwood
Rep.Ronny Crownover – Denton
Rep. John Davis – Houston
Rep. Rick Green – Dripping Springs
Rep. Charlie Howard – Sugar Land
Rep. Carl Isett – Lubbock
Rep. John Shields – San Antonio
Rep. John Culberson – Houston
Rep. Mary Denny – Aubrey
Rep. Will Hartnett – Dallas
Rep. Fred Hill – Richardson
Rep. Robert Talton – Pasadena
Rep. Suzanna Hupp – Lampasas
Rep. Leo Berman – Tyler
Rep. Wayne Christian – Center
Rep. Mike Krusse – Round Rock
Rep. Jerry Madden – Richardson
Rep. Todd Staples – Palestine
Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth – Burleson
Rep. Kenn George – Dallas