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Abbott Calls For Regulatory Reform

At the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott presented a number of regulatory reforms designed to increase economic competitiveness. Each must be acted upon by lawmakers. For example, Abbott said the oil and gas boom from the...

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Straus Happened

Since the grow-government establishment in Austin cannot win when they take their case to the voters, as witnessed by this year's elections, they must rely on deception and strategic power plays to keep their noses in the taxpayers’ trough. Lately, some of these...

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Medicaid Expansion: More Fraud, or More Corruption

Last month, Austin was rocked by the latest in a slew of scandals suggesting widespread corruption in state government. Health and Human Services Commission Chief Counsel Jack Stick resigned after newspaper investigators revealed that he had been funneling no-bid...

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Protect Power or Serve the People

Close allies of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus were rejected by Republican primary voters last March, and his Democratic allies were routed in their efforts to “turn Texas purple” in November. Yet Straus refuses to relinquish power and give the people of Texas the...

Dead Money

The Texas Capitol can often be the scene of strange phenomena. Enter funds consolidation—this government accounting gimmick actually allows liberal-leaning legislators to spend more of your money by first hoarding it. First some background. The state...

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Straus Not Always Silent on Issue of Record Vote

Several weeks ago, Speaker candidate Rep. Scott Turner penned a letter to State Rep. Charlie Geren and House Speaker Joe Straus, calling on them to end their divisive rhetoric about a roll call vote for Speaker and join him in jointly asking the Secretary of State for...

A Progressive Agenda?

Did you vote for a “progressive” agenda in 2014? Did Texans support the progressives, like the candidates of Progress Texas and Battleground Texas? Of course not. Texans soundly rejected the progressive agenda of the Texas left. Well, not all Texas Republican...

Stage Set for School Choice

With the start of the legislative session fast approaching, advocates for school choice reform are jockeying to set forward proposals they believe will benefit all Texans. And one proposal received encouragement from Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick. At the Texas Public...