The Cannon: Annexation, Policing, & Bureaucrats
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Ignore the noise and stale talking points. The Cannon connects today’s news with the research and opinion you need from TPPF’s top experts. Stay informed with insight that promotes freedom, personal responsibility, and free enterprise for all Americans.
What to Know: Some Ellis County residents are fighting the forced annexation of their homes by the city of Midlothian.

“Ellis County activists are passing around a petition that could allow residents living outside of a city’s limits to have a say during an annexation process,” reports the Waxahachie Daily Light. “The official launch of the petition was held Monday, Feb. 12 in front of the historic Ellis County Courthouse. The general feeling of the petitioners centered around concerns related to higher taxes and new ordinances that affect their country-style living. Annexation is the process by which cities extend their boundary limits, implementing municipal services, regulations, voting privileges, and taxing authority to the extra-territorial jurisdiction.”
The TPPF Take: The Legislature last session ended forced annexation for large counties, and it should extend that privilege to everyone in Texas.

“The residents of Ellis County should not be burdened with Midlothian’s taxes and municipal debt without having a say,” says TPPF’s Bryan Mathew. “Protection from forced annexation should not depend on where they live. It’s time to ensure that all Texans are equally protected.”

For more on forced annexation, read this.
What to Know: Efforts to reform policing practices and departments are getting news nationwide. In New Mexico, for example, the Albuquerque mayor has appointed a former state treasurer to lead the reform process. It’s part of a bigger trend of criminal justice reform.
The TPPF Take: Conservatives should support efforts to reform policing according to sound principles.

“Conservatives, as a rule, support their local police departments, and that’s right and proper,” says TPPF’s Randy Petersen. “But they should also support efforts to ensure that police powers are used judiciously and with respect for individual rights.”

For more on conservative policing reform, read this.
What to Know: In an interview at CPAC, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he’s committed to reining in bureaucrats at his agency and restoring the rule of law.

“I talked last year about the future ain’t what it used to be, that Yogi Berra quote that I cited about the change that was gonna take place at the agency and I think we’ve been about that change the last year,” he told the Daily Signal. “Focusing on rule of law, restoring process and order, making sure that we engage in cooperative federalism as we engage in regulation. But the key to me is that weaponization of the agency that took place in the Obama administration, where the agency was used to pick winners and losers. Those days are over.”
The TPPF Take: Asking the EPA to follow the law isn’t asking too much.

“For too long EPA has been populated with individuals more concerned with federal control and anti-development politics than environmental stewardship.” says TPPF’s Chance Weldon. “The result has been an agency that has been ambivalent and sometimes hostile to private property rights and human suffering. Pruitt’s more balanced approach is long overdue.”

For more on the EPA and the rule of law, read this.
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