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The views expressed in the articles below do not necessarily reflect the views of Lone Star Policy Institute, its leadership, or its editors.  These articles are Texas-centric. However, we also believe it is important to learn from the trends, mistakes, and innovations outside of Texas.

Cities and Society
Constitution, Law and Federalism
Criminal Justice Reform
Economic Development
Economic Freedom and Deregulation
Free Trade
Future of the Market
Generational Politics
Healthcare and Medical Innovation
Housing and City Planning
Human Progress and Prosperity
Occupational Licensing
Poverty and Empowerment
Smart Cities
Social Capital
Taxes and Budget
Tech Innovation and Freedom
Texas-Mexico and NAFTA
Transportation and infrastructure


We’ll Always Have . . . Fort Worth?

Renewing localism for the 21st century

City governments should focus on opportunity, not income inequality

Maybe Austin voters want to be left on their own

How a smart mayor can harness the strength of a nonprofit

Urban Cowboys

How cities became the new laboratories of democracy

Are electric scooters here to stay? Razor thinks so, and so does Dallas City Hall

The Battle for Houston

Frisco is at the center of the latest automated vehicle debate

Why California cities are becoming unlivable

Fair Park privatization plan moving forward faster than expected

The complex problems that government can’t solve by itself

Can gentrification be illegal?

Republicans Do Well in Texas. Except for Dallas, Houston, Austin . . .

The next local control fight explained: Why Austin passed a citywide sick leave policy

Austin has mandated paid sick leave for workers, but Texas lawmakers are already working to reverse it

Urbanisim, Texas style

constitution, law and federalism

Marijuana federalism’s time has come

Take down the plaque at the Capitol

California’s unconstitutional gender quotas for corporate boards

US insurance regulation is unconstitutional

Colorado defies the Supreme Court,renews persecution of a Christian baker

Originalism’s Final Frontier: Is Trump’s proposed Space Force constitutional?

What the Declaration of Independence said and meant

The Declaration of Independence and the case for a polity based on universal principles


Texas marijuana advocates set sights on 2019 legislative session

Texas police made more than $50 million in 2017 from seizing people’s property. Not everyone was guilty of a crime.

Pressure builds for Texas to move on hemp

Precision policing: a strategy for the challenges of 21st century law enforcement

No, supporting criminal justice reform isn’t being ‘soft on crime’

Tender Justice

Criminal justice reform is also good economics

Economic Development

Instead of Apple perks, give taxpayers a break

Want to attract the next HQ2? Become the best place to live

Apple plans billion-dollar Austin campus

Not a typo: To Lure Amazon, DFW Airport had a plan to offer nearly $23 billion over 99 years

This week in Amazon-o-mania: Texas lands at the top of a couple lists

The unexpected cost of trying to land Amazon’s HQ2


Texas’ economic freedom ranking remains high but drops to 3rd nationwide

When you think of economic freedom, you should think of Buc-ee’s

Beyond GDP to a new road to serfdom

Texas’ economic freedom ranking remains high but drops to 3rd nationwide

On minimum wage, a flight from reality

Amazon’s maximal minimum

Mercatus Center’s state fiscal rankings

Tax Foundations: 2019 state business tax climate index

Elizabeth Warren looks to make cronyism great again

California considers canceling mandatory cancer warning for coffee

Austin to end its bag ban after Texas Supreme Court ruling

Texas has a great business climate, but not when It comes to regulation

Buying a car in Texas shouldn’t require a middleman

Texas model supports miraculous prosperity

The Alice in Wonderland budget


Taking knowledge for granted

Is civilization corrupting?

Low-cost private school is a dream come true. So why do some fear it?

A Texas-sized brand: education savings accounts in the Lone Star state

The student loan forgiveness mess: the program is the problem

The Koch Institute is worried about free speech on campus. But not in the way you might think.

How the other half learns: reorienting an education system that fails most students

Houston ISD narrowly avoids state sanctions

Dropout crisis: Rewarding colleges for cooking the books won’t solve it


American Power

Renewable energy subsidies are wrong for Texas

Electric deregulation is working in Texas, says lawmaker who led the effort

Texas is using a record amount of electricity. Could demand outpace supply?

Lone Star Rising


Would a revenue-neutral carbon tax lead to bigger government?

Just say no to a carbon tax

Taxing carbon emissions protects liberty, spurs innovation

Environmentalists foolishly go to war against nuclear power

Water markets are needed to adjust to a hotter world

free TRADE

Twenty-Five Years of NAFTA

Why Trump’s threat to withdraw from NAFTA would be the true disaster

The economic and distributional impact of the Trump administration’s tariff actions

The right way to discipline China: Trump’s mercurial trade and tariff tricks won’t get the job done

Fallout from the trade wars

Ford facing mass layoffs after posting $1 billion loss following Trump’s tariffs

Free trade or protectionism: let’s boil it down to the basics

To protect US foreign investment, NAFTA needs trade dispute settlement rules

Abbott to Trump: Steel and aluminum tariffs will harm Texas oil and gas

Trump’s steel tariffs could mess with Texas

The Republicans abandon free trade


Conservatives are wrong to call for government ‘Trust busting’

A debate about the roots of American working-class discontent

The right Is wrong to lose faith in economic growth

The Worker and the Person

The Working Hypothesis

Don’t like the left’s ‘jobs guarantee’ idea? Well, the right is cooking up one of its own

Republicans have a big new economic idea. It’s terrible.

Dr. Peter Klein on Silicon Valley socialism

Elizabeth Warren Plans to destroy capitalism by pretending to ‘save’ it

Senator Warren’s bizarro corporate governance

Stagnating wages don’t tell the whole story

Elizabeth Warren’s corporate reform bill Is a terribly-written mess

Elizabeth Warren’s batty plan to nationalize . . . everything

America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill.

Democrats more positive about socialism than capitalism

Growing the free market through smart contracts


Young people like ‘socialism,’ but do they know what it is?

Conservatism in the age of millennials

Conservatives have a millennial problem


Texas judge deals Obamacare a major blow

The real problem with the health care system

Nurse practitioners can save primary care

State appeals court temporarily blocks Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance

San Antonio passes paid sick leave ordinance, joining Austin in fight against top Texas Republicans

Subsidies and price controls aren’t the answer to skyrocketing prescription drug prices

No, “Medicare for All” is still not plausible

The fiscal implausibility of medicare for all

A Right To Try arrives

Right-to-Try Puts Patients Before Bureaucracy

housing and city planning

Lone Star slowdown? How land-use regulation threatens the future of Texas

Worried about high rent in North Texas? Blame city hall

Houston ranks as a bargain for first-time homebuyers

Texas Court Rules deliberate flooding of private property by state government in wake of Hurricane Harvey can be a taking

Minneapolis strikes a blow for affordable housing by slashing zoning restrictions

Rent control resurgent

Unclogging the permit pipeline

Building a housing ladder: lessons from, and for, Silicon Valley

Ben Carson calls out zoning regulations for driving up housing costs

To help fair-housing opportunity, HUD should slow unsustainable home price boom and focus on housing supply

If you want cheaper housing, return to the a la carte menu


Freedom in the 50 States (Cato Institute)

2018 Human Freedom Index  (Cato Institute and Fraser Institute)

Economic freedom improves lives, (another) study finds

The myth of American inequality

New evidence that the world really is getting better

The reports of the death of democracy are exaggerated


Occupational LICENSING

Occupational licensing costs $200 billion annually

The tangled mess of occupational licensing

Local governments and occupational licensing absurdity

The Licensing Logjam

Do daycare workers need college degrees?

Lawmakers: Change state law that bars Texans in default on student loans from renewing work licenses

In Texas, falling behind on your student loan payments can cost you your license to work

Texas should take a long, hard look at its professional licensing requirements

POVERTY AND empowerment

Hardly anyone wants to admit America is beating poverty

Benchmarking homeless shelter performance: a proposal for easing America’s homeless crisis

Measuring poverty with consumption, not reported income

In Opportunity Zones, good things come to those who hustle

The tax reform program many hope will revive distressed communities


Can algorithms run things better than humans?

Technology and the difficult issues of governance

How social services and performance contracting fit together

How the user experience (UX) can build greater trust in local government

Smart City leaders use tech to improve residents’ lives

Smart cities are in the eye of the beholder

Cashing In on the curb

How 5G wireless networks will impact smart cities

Successful smart city projects emphasize citizen rewards now, growth for future

Why every local government needs a new operating system

Cities, data and the future of work

social capital

As suicide rates rise, Hispanics show relative immunity

‘It’s relationships, stupid’ – how social capital is redefining politics

The Surprising geography of social capital in America


High-Tax State Exodus

Texas gearing up to tax more online purchases — but slowly

Trump, on a future debt crisis: ‘Yeah, but I won’t be here’

California regulators want to tax texts you sent 5 years ago

Chicago’s new PlayStation tax shows how greedy politicians can be

Permanence for 100 percent bonus depreciation provides more cost-efective growth than permanence for individual provisions

Extending the electric vehicle tax credit undermines tax reform


California’s new tax on texting

Government-owned broadband is costly — try these alternatives

Digital authoritarianism Is rising. Here’s what that means

A Right to ‘Live Free from Government’? States are granting it to citizens.

FCC sets rules for 5G infrastructure, limiting state and local control

Could tech make government as we know it irrelevant?

Google’s data breach scandal Is about regulation

How artificial intelligence will impact human well-being

When digital platforms become censors

Interconnection: The next battle to regulate the internet?

Silicon Valley should disperse itself across the country for fresh ideas

To win the AI race, we need more humans

How technology Is helping close the gender gap and empower women

Will Republicans ruin the internet?

texas-mexico and nafta

Thank God for ‘Avocados From Mexico’

Texas, Mexico and the reality of economic partnership

Populist v. populist as election shifts U.S.-Mexico relations

Mexican energy sector overhaul could reduce U.S. export demand

Political miscalculations and bad policy threaten NAFTA renegotiations

Mexico’s new president is promising big changes. Will that affect trade with Texas?


Cars, Mass Transit and the Efforts to Reduce Emissions

Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future

Resolved: cities should build for autonomous vehicles

Resolved: cities should Not build for autonomous vehicles

Dallas-Houston bullet train critics want to boost Texas oversight of eminent domain use

What urban policymakers can learn from the rideshare wars

Making electric scooters work for cities

Uber and Lyft are snatching passengers from public transportation

Dallas: The city that hates pedestrians, pt. 10

Don’t blame ridesharing for mass transit’s woes

Safety regulations could kill the scooter revolution (but they totally won’t)

Leave my scooter alone

What if autonomous vehicles actually make us more dependent on cars?

Texas cities want millennials living downtown. So why does the state keep building highways to the suburbs?