The views expressed in the articles below do not necessarily reflect the views of Lone Star Policy Institute, its leadership, or its editors. The articles below are Texas-centric. However, we also believe it is important to learn from the trends, mistakes, and innovations outside of Texas.
Trump threatens tariffs on Canadian-made cars
When trade and aid collide, taxpayers lose
Trump’s trade war officially begins
Political miscalculations and bad policy threaten NAFTA renegotiations
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
Congress needs to act to end Trump’s reckless protectionism
Tafiffs Not Only Impose Immense Economic Costs but Also Fail to Achieve Their Primary Policy Aims and Foster Political Dysfunction Along the Way
Local governments and occupational licensing absurdity
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
HUMAN PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY
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 West at Goldwater Institute book event
CITIES AND SOCIETY
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?
The Tax Reform Program Many Hope Will Revive Distressed Communities
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
ECONOMIC FREEDOM AND DEREGULATION
America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill.
Austin to end its bag ban after Texas Supreme Court ruling
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.
When did making customers happy become a reason for regulation or breakup?
Salt Lick BBQ wants to open an on-site winery, but Texas law won’t allow it
Shale country Is out of workers and dangling 100% pay hikes
Texas industry fears economic hit from Trump tariffs
Beware of bailouts masquerading as national security investments
HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL INNOVATION
No, “Medicare for All” is still not plausible
The fiscal implausibility of medicare for all
A Right To Try arrives
Populist v. populist as election shifts U.S.-Mexico relations
Mexico’s new president is promising big changes. Will that affect trade with Texas?
What the Declaration of Independence said and meant
The Declaration of Independence and the case for a polity based on universal principles
TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Elon Musk has big ideas, but can cities make them a reality?
Keep New York’s speed cameras
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
Cashing In on the curb
Why every local government needs a new operating system
Just say no to a carbon tax
Taxing carbon emissions protects liberty, spurs innovation
Conservatism in the Age of Millennials