TEXAS NEWS
The Texas Public Policy Foundation applauds Governor Abbott for signing House Bill 569 into law. Inspired by a south Dallas urban farm and market, the... Read more
1 day ago
By Britt Allen
In a recent letter to Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, the leadership of the Committee on Energy & Commerce came together in a bipartisan effort... Read more
1 day ago
By Roy Maynard
If there is one thing the New York mayoral race has taught us it is that parental choice in education can be a unifying issue.... Read more
1 day ago
By Roy Maynard
Insulin truly is a miracle drug—extending countless lives and expanding the quality of life for millions of Americans. Yet its skyrocketing price, largely the result... Read more
2 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Price inflation in May 2021 was up 5% over May of 2020. At this pace, the general level of prices will double in less than... Read more
3 days ago
By Roy Maynard
The hope of employment is one of the main reasons unauthorized migrants continue to enter the United States. In Texas, undocumented workers make up 8.5%... Read more
3 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Wall Street has never been too keen on Texas. The bustling streets of progressive Manhattan are a stark contrast to the wide-open plains and freedom-founded... Read more
3 days ago
By Roy Maynard
While President Trump cut the 2021 Obamacare open enrollment period in half, President Biden has hastily doubled up and overlapped successive enrollment periods, despite stagnating... Read more
3 days ago
By Roy Maynard
In Texas, African-Americans have long celebrated Juneteenth as a pivotal point in our history. It commemorates the day, June 19, 1865, when Union Maj. Gen.... Read more
4 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Soon, every Texan will have more opportunity to pursue their dreams, to learn new skills, and to thrive. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Opportunity Project... Read more
4 days ago
By Roy Maynard
California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently concluded a five-day road show in which he illustrated, for his pandemic-weary constituents, how he plans to distribute an unprecedented $75 billion... Read more
4 days ago
By Roy Maynard
The wildly unpopular “defund the police” movement has been damaging for cities around the country. In some areas actual cuts to police budgets have been... Read more
4 days ago
By Roy Maynard
What do you think of when you hear about El Paso, Texas? I was born and raised there, so when I think of El Paso,... Read more
4 days ago
By Roy Maynard
The latest Labor Department statistics show an all-time record 9.3 million unfilled jobs, even though more than nine million Americans remain unemployed. Alarm bells should... Read more
4 days ago
By Roy Maynard
This issue of Veritas, the quarterly publication of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, features a behind-the-scenes look at the Forging Texas video series, an interview with... Read more
5 days ago
By Annie Elliott
“In this economy I can’t fill the jobs I have.” “I would hire someone with a criminal record, but I can’t because my insurance rates... Read more
5 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Rising health care costs continue to be a major frustration for Americans. Nearly 60% of the country wants Congress to make lowering health prices the... Read more
5 days ago
By Roy Maynard
It’s been more than a week since the Texas Legislature adjourned, and yet the 87th session is likely still not over. Some representatives in the... Read more
5 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Texas’ “Partisanship Out of Civics Act” (HB 3979) is landmark civil rights legislation that protects Texas students from partisan indoctrination and state-funded racism, such as “Critical Race Theory”... Read more
7 days ago
By Brian Phillips
Everything that’s wrong with revisionist history is summed up in the lead paragraph of Time magazine’s new piece, “We’ve Been Telling the Alamo Story Wrong... Read more
9 days ago
By Roy Maynard
America’s labor market has significant structural problems. Despite about 9 million people being unemployed, there are about that many job openings and employers cannot seem... Read more
9 days ago
By Roy Maynard
On the high north bank of the Rio Grande River, an uninhabited home overlooks the river. Our small group — members of the Border Security... Read more
9 days ago
By Roy Maynard
You know what they say about assumptions. And two specific assumptions in the Texas media’s chorus of condemnations of the Legislature for not expanding Medicaid... Read more
10 days ago
By Roy Maynard
We think of an invasion as an armed assault on a nation. In our history classes, we were taught about instances like the Nazi invasions... Read more
10 days ago
By Roy Maynard
The world wants to come to America and many in America – at least in the Biden administration and the Chamber of Commerce – want the world... Read more
10 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Val Verde County is like a lot of South Texas counties: sparsely populated, rugged, dry, and vast. If you’ve never been there, well, I’m not... Read more
11 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Sound fiscal policy must begin with spending restraint. Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Republican-led Iowa Legislature continued to follow pro-growth fiscal conservatism during the most... Read more
11 days ago
By Roy Maynard
The regular session of the 87th Texas Legislature has ended, and time has come to take stock of the changes that will follow. In terms... Read more
12 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Texans will benefit from the policy wins achieved in the 87th Texas Legislature. Among other things, lawmakers: Passed a Conservative Texas Budget Strengthened spending limits... Read more
15 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Headline Numbers: The month of May produced another disappointing jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 559,000 which was 91,000... Read more
15 days ago
By Roy Maynard
In San Francisco in 2020, the number of opioid overdose deaths, 697, was more than twice as high as the city’s COVID-19 deaths, 257. Yet California lawmakers, so... Read more
15 days ago
By Roy Maynard
“Imagine the suspicion, the jokes, the memes.” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, “AMLO,” presides over a country ravaged by cartel violence and spiking homicide... Read more
15 days ago
By Roy Maynard
President Joe Biden released his plan for massive tax and spending increases. It is a budget only in the loosest sense of the word. If... Read more
15 days ago
By Roy Maynard
President Biden finally released his FY22 budget proposal on a Friday afternoon before a long Memorial Day weekend. This was good timing for the White... Read more
17 days ago
By Roy Maynard
“The loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.” —Charles Baudelaire Gov. Greg Abbott is likely to sign the... Read more
18 days ago
By Roy Maynard
It is no secret that pro-growth policies — low taxes and a light regulatory burden — have propelled population growth in Texas and Florida while the opposite... Read more
18 days ago
By Roy Maynard
With the tragic events of Winter Storm Uri fading into history and the expected success of the main electric grid reform legislation, SB 3, later... Read more
23 days ago
By Roy Maynard
In a very different time — yet in similar economic straits — then-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of the “forgotten man,” the American left... Read more
23 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria “are a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments.” On Feb. 24,... Read more
24 days ago
By Roy Maynard
The movement to defund the police is succeeding in ways that its advocates could not have envisioned initially. Defunding has always really been about abolition,... Read more
24 days ago
By Roy Maynard
The very popular narrative is that Republicans only care about budget deficits and the spiraling national debt when Democrats are in charge. Writing in the... Read more
24 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Vance Ginn, PhD, is the chief economist at the Foundation. Ginn works to unlock poverty through relational, inclusive changes in institutions that expand opportunities to... Read more
25 days ago
By Britt Allen
Richard A. Johnson, Ed.D., is the director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Booker T. Washington Initiative, which examines the effects of public policy on... Read more
29 days ago
By Britt Allen
A few years back, Gallup polled Americans on which social entities they thought had too much power. Lobbyists came out on top with 71 percent, beating... Read more
29 days ago
By Roy Maynard
Erin Davis Valdez is a policy analyst for Next Generation Texas, an initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The relationship between a high school... Read more
29 days ago
By Britt Allen
President Joe Biden was quick to take credit for reopening the Colonial Pipeline (before a technical glitch brought it down again) and helping drivers fighting... Read more
1 month ago
By Roy Maynard
Americans can sigh a sigh of relief. Our Border Czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, finally visited the border and spoke of protecting the men and... Read more
1 month ago
By Roy Maynard
Texas is falling behind other states in mathematics education and is on the verge of making a decision that would irrevocably harm students for generations.... Read more
1 month ago
By Roy Maynard
I grew up in a small, central Texas county that non-locals often knew for one of three reasons: its local BBQ joint, 7,500-acre lake, or... Read more
1 month ago
By Roy Maynard
The line from the classic American songbook “nice work if you can get it and you can get it if you try” has never been... Read more
1 month ago
By Roy Maynard