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.
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Cities and Society
Constitution, Law and Federalism
Criminal Justice Reform
Economic Freedom and Deregulation
Future of the Market
Healthcare and Medical Innovation
Housing and City Planning
Human Progress and Prosperity
Poverty and Empowerment
Tech Innovation and Freedom
Texas-Mexico and NAFTA
Transportation and infrastructure
Back to School
A Texas-sized brand: education savings accounts in the Lone Star state
The Koch Institute is worried about free speech on campus. But not in the way you might think.
Houston ISD narrowly avoids state sanctions
Dropout crisis: Rewarding colleges for cooking the books won’t solve it
CITIES AND SOCIETY
Renewing localism for the 21st century
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
How a new generation is reviving small-town Texas
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
Colorado defies the Supreme Court,renews persecution of a Christian baker
Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court could help restore the power of Congress vs. the administrative state
Cato: Josh Blackman discusses 3D-printed firearms
Originalism’s Final Frontier: Is Trump’s proposed Space Force constitutional?
Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling tastes good, but Is empty calories
What the Declaration of Independence said and meant
The Declaration of Independence and the case for a polity based on universal principles
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
No, supporting criminal justice reform isn’t being ‘soft on crime’
Criminal justice reform is also good economics
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
ECONOMIC FREEDOM AND DEREGULATION
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
Activists say straws should be banned because they are a ‘gateway plastic’
One couple’s fight to change how Texas defines a pickle
Bureaucrats shut down your kids’ lemonade stands? Country Time will pay the fines.
Salt Lick BBQ wants to open an on-site winery, but Texas law won’t allow it
Were lawmakers drunk when they wrote Texas alcohol laws?
Buying a car in Texas shouldn’t require a middleman
Texas model supports miraculous prosperity
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
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 or protectionism: let’s boil it down to the basics
To protect US foreign investment, NAFTA needs trade dispute settlement rules
Trump threatens tariffs on Canadian-made cars
Podcast: Vance Ginn Update on Trade and Tariffs
Harley-Davidson Is right to complain about tariffs
When trade and aid collide, taxpayers lose
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
FUTURE OF THE FREE MARKET
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
Conservatism in the Age of Millennials
Conservatives Have a Millennial Problem
HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL INNOVATION
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
housing and city planning
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
HUMAN PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY
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
Jonah Goldberg talks Suicide of the Westat Goldwater Institute book event
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
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 ocmmunities
Cashing In on the curb
Why every local government needs a new operating system
Cities, data and the future of work
‘It’s relationships, stupid’ – how social capital is redefining politics
The Surprising geography of social capital in America
TECH INNOVATION AND FREEDOM
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?
TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
New York’s Uber crackdown impoverishes the many for the benefit of the few
The city may actually do the right thing with its new electric scooters
Elon Musk has big ideas, but can cities make them a reality?
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)
Los Angeles will be the first city to use body scanners on subways. Which could be next?
Leave my scooter alone
What if autonomous vehicles actually make us more dependent on cars?
Is a massive tunnel system the answer to Houston’s flood woes?
Viewing managed lanes as business entities is key to funding major highway projects
Texas cities want millennials living downtown. So why does the state keep building highways to the suburbs?
Stop trying to get workers out of their cars