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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Fort Worth’s Bond Election

Fort Worth’s Bond Election

On May 5, Fort Worth voters will go to the polls to decide on the largest bond proposal in city history. The $399.5 million election is split between six propositions, the largest of which provides $261.6 million for street improvements.  The rest of the money will be spent on a plethora of public goodies, including public art, parks, libraries, and…

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The Right To Earn a Living In Texas

The Right To Earn a Living In Texas

What does it mean to have the right to earn a living?  In the simplest of terms, the right to earn a living means that people should be free to acquire income in ways that make them happy, allowing them to use their own gifts and talents, absent unreasonable interference from outside actors.  While this would appear to an uncontroversial,…

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Why the Constitution?

Why the Constitution?

  Bashing the U.S. Constitution or advocating against certain Amendments has become a hobby of many in younger generations. They look across the globe and see policies they like and wonder, “Why we do not have the same ones?” But they’re missing one important step. Before looking at policy, we have to look at meta policy. The Constitution is not…

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Internet Sales Tax Would be Wrong for Texas

Internet Sales Tax Would be Wrong for Texas

Months after passing sweeping income tax legislation lowering the national personal and corporate income tax rates for millions of Americans, members of Congress, even those in the party that voted for this legislation, are now trying to impose an internet sales tax across the states. As outlined in the Wall Street Journal, a large group of Congressmen in both the…

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When the Law Compels, It Restricts Liberty

When the Law Compels, It Restricts Liberty

Americans today face a crisis of liberty. Even in Texas, where free enterprise ostensibly prospers, real freedom is in danger. Over time, a perversion of law has allowed the balance of power to shift, emboldening the government to tell citizens how they can and cannot act. Worst of all, the use of laws with the praiseworthy intent to create a…

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