FEE: Who’s Afraid of a Deregulated Plumbing Industry?

FEE: Who’s Afraid of a Deregulated Plumbing Industry?

On May 26, the Texas Legislature failed to reach an agreement to extend the life of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Further, they failed to transfer the department to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. This, in effect, would have deregulated the plumbing industry in Texas. The department was temporarily in “wind-down” mode and had until September 2020 to…

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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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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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