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Texas ag commissioner hopeful sees revenue in hogs

Published On: Apr 27 2014 02:03:10 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 27 2014 02:03:20 PM CDT

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -

(AP) - A flamboyant figure in Texas politics has proposed that the state harvest its runaway wild hog population as a way to boost taxes instead of outsourcing the job to companies.

Singer and humorist Kinky Friedman faces insurance agent Jim Hogan in a Democratic runoff vote for agriculture commissioner May 27.

The San Antonio Express-News says (http://bit.ly/1lTvO7B) Friedman wants to amend the state's buyback program. Currently the state acts as an unpaid middleman, buying live boars from landowners and trappers at 100 buying stations across the state. The hogs are inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture before being slaughtered and sold for human consumption. 

Friedman says the state should broaden the program and take a profit. Hogan opposes the idea.

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