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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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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10 RULES FOR JUDGING LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

10 RULES FOR JUDGING LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

How do you make up your mind about specific issues and policies? Apart from following the opinions of like-minded people in your social circle or the recommendations of some writer or celebrity, who and what informs your decision-making process? Rather than taking an ad hoc approach to policy, we suggest that one develop an intellectual framework based on his or…

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