While the legislature does little in the way of campaign and ethics reform and gets away with, some legislators are upset that some large development companies are seeking passage of a Tax Increment Development District Bill. This would redirect tax revenues generated by the project back to the developers to build the infrastructure required for the development. There are arguments to both sides of this issue. I haven't taken a position on the issue much to the chagrin of some progressives. I am not convinced it is a totally bad thing.
Sunday, the media made a big deal out of the fact that the developers had contributed 62 thousand dollars to legislators. I had to chuckle about that when I compare it to the hundreds of thousands that the oil and gas industry has contributed to their candidates for legislature, the State Land Commissioner and the Republicans Party. The developers donations look like small potatoes.
What is amazing about this is the legislature, if they passed meaningful campaign and ethics reform would stop most of this campaign money controversy cold in its tracks.