Introducing The New Urbane Cowboys Podcast

Introducing The New Urbane Cowboys Podcast

Lone Star’s Doug McCullough joins Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute for the debut of the new Urbane Cowboys podcast. Episode 1 features special guest, Shoshana Weissmann, also of R Street, and covers the topics of Occupational Licensing, Urban Politics and The 11th Commandment.   The views expressed on the podcast do not necessarily express the views of the Lone…

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Houston Chronicle: Sen. Cornyn signals Republican surrender in president’s trade war

Houston Chronicle: Sen. Cornyn signals Republican surrender in president’s trade war

From the Houston Chronicle, June 8, 2018: Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, cautioned that Congress is unlikely to pass legislation reining in President Trump’s powers to unilaterally impose steel and aluminum tariffs on our allies, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, under the guise of national security, under Section 232 of the 1962…

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Right to Try Empowers Patients

Right to Try Empowers Patients

This week, Right to Try became law of the land. It allows terminal patients, who do not qualify for clinical trials, to access experimental drugs that have not been fully approved by the FDA. This is a victory for patients who will no longer have to wait for government permission to access promising new treatment options. It will cut out…

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SMU Texas Economic Forum

SMU Texas Economic Forum

Lone Star Policy Institute director, Doug McCullough, was recently asked to be a panelist at the SMU Economic Forum on Trump and the Texas Economy.  This event was a fast-paced and informative forum on Texas’s growing economy. Other panelists included Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation, Vance Ginn of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and W. Michael Cox…

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Pro-Free Market vs. Pro-Business in Texas

Pro-Free Market vs. Pro-Business in Texas

Why in order to become the freest market in the country, Texas should rethink corporate incentive policies. Texas has long been touted as being one of the most business-friendly states in the nation. In many ways this could be argued as true. While companies are not completely free from state taxation in our state, the lack of a state personal…

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In Texas, Renting Furniture Could Land You in Jail

In Texas, Renting Furniture Could Land You in Jail

Pay Your Dues or You Could Land in Jail: How Rent-to-Own Customers Are Facing Jail-Time Rent-to-own stores provide millions of Americans the opportunity to have possession of items they could not otherwise afford. By making steady payments, customers struggling with limited income or low credit can have their dream furniture or other merchandise within their own homes—at least that’s what…

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Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Not Healthy to Workers

Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Not Healthy to Workers

Earlier this year, the City of Austin became the first city in Texas – and the South – to approve an extensive paid sick leave policy. This ordinance, which passed on a 9-2 vote by the Austin City Council, will require private businesses to provide paid sick leave to approximately 87,000 Austinites. The new law’s passage prompted applause by progressives…

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