THRIVE – Developing Social Capital

THRIVE – Developing Social Capital

Lone Star Policy Institute is excited to announce the launch of Thrive, an emerging leaders development program in partnership with Texas Young Professionals. Technological and social changes are disrupting commerce and our communities. Thrive will be a future-oriented conversation about innovation, economic empowerment, and resilience for tomorrow’s leaders of Texas. Our mission will be to help young professionals develop their…

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Work to do: Texas ranks 3rd in Economic Freedom of North America index

Work to do: Texas ranks 3rd in Economic Freedom of North America index

In Texas, we celebrate our freedom and pride ourselves on being a business-friendly state. We don’t brag about finishing second, let alone third. According to Economic Freedom of North America report, released by the Canada’s Fraser Institute, Texas ranks just third for economic freedom. This year, Florida beat New Hampshire and Texas as having the highest level of economic freedom…

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Bigotry in Fort Worth

Bigotry in Fort Worth

Recently, elements of the Tarrant County GOP have campaigned to remove Dr. Shahid Shafi from his leadership position in the local Republican Party because he is Muslim. This is outrageous and should be opposed strenuously by every Republican and patriotic American. Ours is a country founded upon certain ideas about the nature of man and the role of government. Americans look…

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5G Wireless Networks: Who Should Set the Rules?

5G Wireless Networks: Who Should Set the Rules?

The FCC recently passed regulations that would make the deployment of 5G Wireless technology subject to national rules. Under those rules, local cities and townships would be restricted in the amount of fees that they could charge private wireless providers to use municipal assets and infrastructure. The rationale behind this policy is to ensure that 5G wireless technology is quickly…

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Are Conservatives Fresh Out of Ideas for Cities?

Are Conservatives Fresh Out of Ideas for Cities?

In the conservative state of Texas, the largest city that regularly elects a conservative mayor is Fort Worth. Across the nation, it is uncommon for midsize and large cities to elect right-of-center mayors. The notable exception would be New York City, which has elected Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg in recent memory. Why do conservatives struggle to win elections in…

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Could Technology Transform City Governance?

Could Technology Transform City Governance?

Technology has radically changed the way the way we live our personal lives, conduct our business, and communicate with friends and family. In the private sector, technology has reduced the cost of making and delivering goods, improved intelligence about consumer preferences, and reduced the amount of human labor needed to carry out simple tasks. Will similar opportunities for cost savings…

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Make Texas More Competitive: End the Margin Tax

Make Texas More Competitive: End the Margin Tax

In Texas, we take pride in being the best. We like to think that Texas is a business friendly state that welcome new companies to Texas. However, the Tax Foundation newly released ranking of economic competitiveness lists Texas as the 15th most competitive state in the country (down from 13th place last year). The Tax Foundation’s main critique about Texas…

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