Skip to comments.Texas spends big bucks suing federal government
Posted on 09/09/2012 9:56:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The slogan goes, "Don't Mess With Texas." But with President Barack Obama in the White House a more appropriate cry might be: "Try it and we'll sue."
The Texas attorney general's office has filed 24 lawsuits against the federal government since Obama took office litigation that has cost the state $2.58 million and more than 14,113 hours spent by staff and state lawyers working those cases.
....Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the costs are worth it, calling the litigation "a fight against the unprecedented ideology coming from the Obama administration." In an interview, he said the legal battles he wages are meant to promote industry and protect Texas jobs.
Abbott took office in 2002 and sued the federal government three times between 2004 and 2007 while fellow Republican George W. Bush was president. But the floodgates opened under Obama, with Texas suing two dozen times since 2010. Sixteen of Abbott's lawsuits challenged environmental regulations.
....Texas has won five of Abbott's 27 cases, lost eight and had two others dismissed because the regulations or laws being challenged were lifted or repealed by Congress. The other 12 are pending.....
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$2.5 million spent of defending state sovereignty is a drop in the bucket when you compare it to the size of the Texas government and the size of the Texas economy.
Ditto to what you said.
So... state employees who are lawyers are working on this case rather than on others.. so does this 2.58 million include their salaries as state employees? Employees who would have jobs regardless of the case they worked on?
I don't get why litigation has,
1. Cost the state anything it wouldn't be spending anyway, and
2. The must have a hell of a salary!
Texas objected to the communists like attitude of King Obama in controlling what should be up to Texas. Texas believed in the Constitution whereas King Obama believed he was a God sent to Earth to hoppieee and changeee to his way or no way at all.
It is a well known fact that a majority of readers skim articles (I am often guilty of this, I admit). The above referenced sentence was constructed specifically for those skimmers as the take away will be: '5 out of 27..........pretty lousy record for Texas.'
Reality is Texas' position has been validated either by courts or Congress 7 out of 15 times.
And cases are moving to Appeal and then to the Supreme Ct.
And a good read it is. It is worth every penny I pay on taxes to sue until the cows come home-anything to keep the more government/liberal vision out of my state now and forever...
Maybe I’m wrong here but a States Attorney General office is a sunk-cost in terms of goverment spending anyway.
Unless they hire outside lawyers, pay overtime, or incur extra above-budget costs, they are doing the job the people of the state elected them to do.
This ‘extra cost’ “how are we gonna pay for it” “ needless extra expense” stuff is just part of the liberal lexicon used to divert attention from the real problem - duly elected Texas officials are forced to defend Texas Citizens’ interest against the usurped Federal Government. Money damn-well worth spent if you aks me.
Ditto +1. 2.58 million out of a 40 billion annual budget = 0.0065%. The article “forgets” to put the amount into perspective.
“In all, Abbott’s federal cases have cost the state more than $2.8 million. That includes $1.5 million-plus in salaries for state employees working on the cases, nearly $250,000 in court costs and the travel expenses of attorney general’s office personnel, and roughly $1 million for outside counsel and expert witnesses.
Attorney general’s office staff and state lawyers have also spent more than 17,325 total hours working those cases. That’s the same as more than eight state employees dedicating a full year of 40-hour workweeks to lawsuits against the federal government.”
Oops! Skipped a line in the quote;
“”We are tasked by the state Legislature to hire lawyers to defend the state of Texas and that’s what we’ve been doing,” Abbott said. “This is absolutely part of their day-to-day jobs.””
$2.5 million is tiny compared to the welfare fraud or any other budget item.
$2.5 million spent pushing back the federal dictators is well spent.
If I’m reading the article correctly, most of the money spent was not spent on suing the federal government but defending Texas from suits filed by the federal government against laws passed by the state legislature. Isn’t that what a state Attorney General is supposed to do?
God bless Texas and Attorney General Abbot. Obama has picked a fight with Texas. He should be forced to fight every one of these issues in court. That’s money well spent, in spite of the Houston Comical’s whining.
Greg Abbott is TOPS. I heard his speech at the TX GOP Convention and he is where he should be, for now. At some point he is destined for bigger things.
That’s but a fraction of the costs TX spends on incarceration costs for its workforce.
Obama is playing an equal opportunity black punk but in actuality, Obama is working for the Muslim cause to destroy the west and control the world.
If you don't believe it, explain Arab Spring's results:
Libya gov't overthrown, for Radical Islam
Egypt gov't overthrown, Muslim Brotherhood already in control
Iraq: US Troops out as things were being controlled. US Press is not reporting the terrorist attacks in Iraq.
Syria: Once Obama and his allies overthrow the gov't, radical Islam will muscle it's way to the top just like in Egypt.
Obama, screwing up everything he touches. You may understand that, but you probably don't even suspect nor will you believe he is a Muslim terrorist playing President.
If we want to sue the feds... it needs to be skilled retired attorneys of conservative constitutional persuasion.. who have their own income, who will form a “Joe Arpaio” posse to file these suits. There is nothing in the “forma” of filing a suit that has changed so much (other than maybe internet stuff, online filing etc.) that these PATRIOTS could do to stop the feds, and do this legally.
To not pursue what is right, simply because of “cost” issues begs the question— what is the “cost” of letting it continue. But if you’re gonna argue “cost” then elminate the cost, and do it for the right PATRIOTIC reasons for our Republic. Deo Vindice.
Can I hear an amen?
Can I hear an amen?
Money well spent if you ask me. Who else is going to stand up to Washington even if your challenge is to be “judged” by Washington itself.
It is better to say something to a tyrant and be turned down publicly than to have never said anything at all.
At least we now unequivetly know that even Washington’s hand picked employees in black robes regard Washington’s power as effectively boundless(constitution-less). Such knowledge is indispensable in justifying a revolt against their openly admitted authoritarian lawlessness.
It is regrettable that even such questions must be so expensive, but such is the nature of the complete injustice of D.C.
And an AMEN! LOL
Always worth repeating.
Texas attorney general Greg Abbott
At age 26, Abbott was struck by a falling oak tree that injured his back as he jogged by. He has been in a wheelchair ever since.
How much you wanna bet that if Texas had not sued, we would still be living under thoses laws. While one can bemoan the costs of the litigation, you should also count the savings of overthrown legislation. A stunningly good investment by the good Texan Leadership.
It is also cheap compared to the additional Medicaid expenses Obamacare would force on Texas.
Best money we’ve ever spent. EVER!
I really hope Abbott seriously considers running for Governor when Perry’s term is up. Even injured, his backbone puts Perry’s to shame.
I was going over that very premise yesterday with some folks.
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is probably going to try for the gov slot.
If Greg takes a stab at it Dewhurst may have a repeat performance of getting “primaried.”
Then again Greg may just stay right where he is and finish his fights.
That does not mean I would not love to see him run for Governor.
Senator Cruz could campaign with Greg... HA!
I work for the Legislature but I have to keep my real ID confidential.
We are not allowed to express out viewponts nor are we allowed to campaign for anyone; not even bumper stickers or yard signs.
I do understand thier reasons however.
You know, that's one thing that pisses me off: you do not lose inalienable rights because of government policy; otherwise they are not unalienable.
Besides which that policy is illegal; TX Constitution:
Art 1, Sec. 8. FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PRESS; LIBEL.Further, absolute disapproval of government is specially protected:
Every person shall be at liberty to speak, write or publish his opinions on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that privilege; and no law shall ever be passed curtailing the liberty of speech or of the press. In prosecutions for the publication of papers, investigating the conduct of officers, or men in public capacity, or when the matter published is proper for public information, the truth thereof may be given in evidence. And in all indictments for libels, the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts, under the direction of the court, as in other cases.
Art 1, Sec. 2. INHERENT POLITICAL POWER; REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT.
All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.