Austin paying people to appear at public meetings

KXAN The Austin Police Association (APA) is calling for transparency after questions about payments the City of Austin made to get gift cards for community members at a Reimagining Public Safety (RPS) task force listening session.

A City of Austin spokesperson said up to $23,000 was budgeted by the city’s equity office to provide gift cards to help encourage participation from under-represented communities that are disproportionately impacted by policing and public safety inequities at the task force’s virtual community listening session on April 10.

Well, this is a new (to me) scam. Hold a public meeting and pay "your people" to appear. You win coming and going -- your people get paid out of the public coffers to advocate for the policies you already want and present an illusion of public support for them.

This entry was published Tue Jun 29 23:11:53 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-06-29 23:11:53.0. [Tweet]

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