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.
CITIES AND SOCIETY
How Cities Fell Out of Love With Sports Stadiums
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
The lifeblood of cities – middle neighborhoods
From sea to shining see: why conservatives have given up on the coasts and big cities
A defense of Houston’s approach to zoning
Midsize cities more business-friendly than large cities, new study finds
Tariffs Not Only Impose Immense Economic Costs but Also Fail to Achieve Their Primary Policy Aims and Foster Political Dysfunction Along the Way
National Taxpayer Union: More than 1,100 economists sign open letter to Trump, Congress voicing opposition to tariffs and protectionism
Is China about to punk Trump on trade?
The economic consequences of Donald Trump
What the New Steel Tariffs Mean for the Car Business
EU Reiterates Threat to Retaliate Against U.S. Tariffs
Trump Trade Chief Wants Nafta Deal by Mid-May
Tariffs Are Self-Imposed Sanctions
Leaving NAFTA would be a self-imposed economic disaster resulting in job losses for 1.8M US workers in every state
We do not have a trade deficit
Lawmakers: Change state law that bars Texans in default on student loans from renewing work licenses
Burdensome licensing law turns shampooers into criminals
Blow-dry bars don’t even cut hair, so why do they need licenses?
In Texas, falling behind on your student loan payments can cost you your license to work
Occupational licensing: a blind spot for the right and left
Occupational licensing locks too many Americans out of the job market
Texas should take a long, hard look at its professional licensing requirements
Oregonians are panicking about self-serve gas pumps
Transportation and infrastructure
Why We Need to Stop Subsidizing Public Transit
Do Traffic Cameras Really Make Streets Safer?
I-35 traffic relief in the form of tolls
On congestion pricing
TOLL: The four-letter word changing daily commutes
A tip for infrastructure builders: fix it first
California’s bullet train Is going to be way, way more expensive
Hyperloop and flying cars are battling it out for the future of transportation
Freedom as a principle of mobility
Here are the streets included in Fort Worth’s 2018 bond proposal
Could money Fort Worth uses to fight crime instead go toward public transit?
How self-driving cars will change cities
The coming war on driving
Texas’ rural roots and urban future are on a high-speed collision course
History suggests the Hyperloop is an uncertain promise for future cities
Federal plans for bullet train between Dallas and Houston
free society: voluntary actions and privatization
Free-range parenting makes for responsible kids. We shouldn’t penalize it
Private Charity: Catholic Charities of Fort Worth
You’d be surprised how many government services could be privately provided
Better than government work: civil society
Smart cities, Data and Connectivity
Atlanta city government systems down due to ransomware attack
Stephen Goldsmith’s “A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance”
At South by Southwest, pragmatist mayors learn to think like futurists
Smart procurement for smart cities
What’s the state and local agency role in the battle for data privacy?
Automating government work
Will tech make government obsolete?
8 ways artificial intelligence will transform our cities
ECONOMIC FREEDOM AND DEREGULATION
Salt Lick BBQ wants to open an on-site winery, but Texas law won’t allow it
Why California’s lawsuit industry wants you to think coffee causes cancer
After series of scandals, Texas liquor agency pursues reforms
New law means extra costs for large craft brewers — unless they’re owned by brewing giants
POPULATION AND MOBILITY
2020 census: A conservative case against the citizenship question
Census estimates show another year of rapid growth for Texas suburbs
Migration out of big urban counties accelerates
Despite California’s immense wealth, the middle class is in decline
The population bomb has been defused
Texas population grew to 28.3 million in 2017
How more Americans can get to where the jobs are
Criminal Justice Reform and Policing
Charges Dropped Against Alleged ‘Black Identity Extremist’ in Dallas
Texas has led on prison reform, but we have more to do
Lawmakers weigh changing Texas law that lets rent-to-own stores file criminal charges on customers
Nebraska state senator wants to make it easier for people with criminal records to work
Dealing with overcriminalization
Dallas is “all in” on luring Amazon’s HQ2
Promising billions to Amazon: Is it a good deal for cities?
States prime themselves for new Amazon HQ
Winning Amazon’s HQ2 will require more than just tax incentives
School-choice supporters should drop the overheated rhetoric
Can apprenticeships train the workforce of the future? States hope so.
UT System regents vote unanimously to raise cost of tuition, fees
The charter school challenge
More funding for public colleges, but no tuition relief for students
Will Texas school finance panel tell schools to do more with less? Some members think it’s predetermined
How to reduce student loan rates and tuition
Want to help students? Let’s change how we subsidize education
The public benefit of private schooling: test scores rise when there Is more of it
learning and inquiry
On the Apprentice School
How we can ‘robot-proof’ education to better adapt to automation
Why intelligent optimism Is crucial to human progress
Want to be a scholar? be a scholar. You don’t need academia’s approval.
human progress and abundance
Human progress: the most important (and under-reported) fact in modern history
Welcome to the Golden Age
Negativity is natural but life is amazing
Why the world Is still getting better—and that’s likely to continue
What is it that makes humans unique?
Why the world is better than you think It Is – evidence of abundance
tech freedom and regulation
Is Google endangering American national security?
Questions Congress should ask Mark Zuckerberg
Amazon’s great R&D gift to the nation
Big tech may be monopolistic, but it’s good for consumers
How Amazon wins if internet sales tax goes into effect
When old regulatory systems meet new technology
Some states want to save net neutrality, but can they?
work: jobs and wages
Why ‘opportunity zones’ could ease unemployment in slow growth areas
Robots are coming for our jobs. Thank goodness.
Minimum wage increases are reducing jobs for teens
Mandatory paid sick leave will hurt the most vulnerable
The states that added the most jobs last year
Big machines make OTC go
Are pipeline land takings in the public interest if oil, gas headed overseas?
A bailout for nuclear power plants would be an economic explosion
Analytics of wealth redistribution through fuel-economy regulation
How does Texas’ budget use taxes from oil and natural gas production?
budget and taxes
Governments increasingly Tax Uber and Lyft for transit revenue
Trump’s Amazon tweet comes at eventful time for state-local taxes
Which state will be the first to suffer fiscal collapse?
Senator Ted Cruz leaps into digital sales tax fray
Cato Institute, Americans for Tax Reform join sales tax tiff
The GOP’s proposed internet tax would crush small business—which is why big retailers support it
Texas government risks credit rating downgrade, Comptroller Glenn Hegar says
The GOP’s internet tax
Gov. Abbott’s tax plan
Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance
When the Twitter Mob Came for Me
Why Humor Is Freedom
How the closing of the campus mind threatens freedom
Texas A&M spent more than a quarter-million dollars to draw attention from Richard Spencer’s 2016 visit to campus
On Goldwater Institute’s campus free speech model bill
the Sharing Economy
Bring on the electric share scooters
Airbnb regs are bad for small towns too
Capital bikeshare does not need subsidies
It is too soon to regulate Dallas’ bike share companies
Why Austin passed a citywide sick leave policy
Patients deserve “Right to Try”
Amazon health alliance’s secret sauce will be technology
3 ways regulation makes health care expensive
How to increase health-insurance coverage by reducing ACA crowd-out
Get government out of healthcare and let the free market work
The State of FREEDOM
The passing of the libertarian moment
Cato’s Human Freedom Index
Fraser Institute’s Human Freedom Index for 2017
Texas ranks No. 3 in Fraser Institute US State Survey of Economic Freedom
Sweet land of liberty
American troops and Mexican politics: Are we underestimating our neighbor?
Texas National Guard deploys troops to Texas-Mexico border
Donald Trump is deploying troops to the border. But border crossings are lower than they have been.
Trump’s Twitter tirades just fuel the left’s rise in Mexico
What can change the way Dallas views immigrants? The Golden Rule, say civic and religious leaders
A multicultural Texas, 200 years in the making
WHO SHOULD GOVERN? lOCAL, STATE OR fEDERAL rULE
Should infrastructure spending be state, local or federal?
When states should preempt local governments
Let local officials run local government
Homes, Housing and residential Zoning
Trump’s tariffs will make housing more unaffordable
Dallas’ longstanding policy of concentrating affordable housing in South Dallas without providing adequate services may be changing.
Why rents are actually lowering in some big cities
Does rent control do more harm than good?
Future and innovation
For millennials and by millennials: the rise of the future caucus
Technology will erase jobs – but make everything cheap or free
Illinois Household Income Up 111% In Past 30 Years; State Pension Benefits …. Up 1,061%
In Dallas and Houston, pension fights escalating, sparking unexpected debates
CalPERS past the point of no return?
PROCUREMENT AND TRANSPARENCY
For savings and cybersecurity, end no-bid contracting