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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


Urban Cowboys

No, society does not need unity

How cities became the new laboratories of democracy

Here is what happened to social harmony

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

Renewing localism for the 21st century

The dos and don’ts of civic branding

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

California’s unconstitutional gender quotas for corporate boards

US insurance regulation is unconstitutional

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?

What the Declaration of Independence said and meant

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


Tammie Hedges and the overcriminalization of America

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

An Open Letter to President Trump: Re Matthew Charles

Economic Development

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


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

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

Trump threatens tariffs on Canadian-made cars

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


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


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

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


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

Occupational LICENSING

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 ocmmunities


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


Extending the electric vehicle tax credit undermines tax reform


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?


Uber and Lyft are snatching passengers from public transportation

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