Request for Reprieve for Rodney Reed

Request for Reprieve for Rodney Reed

November 10, 2019 The Honorable Governor Greg Abbott Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12428 Austin, Texas 78711-2428 RE: REQUEST FOR REPRIEVE FOR RODNEY REED Dear Governor Abbott: The Lone Star Policy Institute respectfully urges you to grant Mr. Rodney Reed’s October 21, 2019 request for a 30-day reprieve of his pending November 20, 2019 execution. There is new, compelling…

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NEWS RELEASE: Texas ranked 5th most economically-free state—New Hampshire tops ranking, New York ranks last

NEWS RELEASE: Texas ranked 5th most economically-free state—New Hampshire tops ranking, New York ranks last

Nov. 7, 2019 For Immediate Release TORONTO—Texas is the 5th most economically-free state in the union, finds a new report released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. Texas scored 7.53 out of 10 in this year’s report, behind top-ranked New Hampshire (7.93) and above lowest-ranked New York (4.49), which ranked last for the fifth…

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The Solution to California’s Housing Problem is Supply, Not Price Controls

The Solution to California’s Housing Problem is Supply, Not Price Controls

California governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law a sweeping measure that limits rent increases to 5% plus inflation per year and also restricts landlords’ ability to terminate lease agreements. Leaving aside the ethic of property right curtailment, the new law represents a doubling-down on demonstrably failed policy. More than ever, the answer to California’s housing shortage is freer markets,…

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FEE: What is Entrepreneurship?

FEE: What is Entrepreneurship?

If you ask most people about their impression of entrepreneurship, they might use words like “small business” or “innovation” or describe it as “working for yourself.” Some may go beyond that and paint a picture of an audacious Silicon Valley founder who boldly takes risks and tirelessly overcomes challenges. For others, an entrepreneur is a free-spirited rebel who makes his…

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FEE: How to Be the CEO of Your Own Career

FEE: How to Be the CEO of Your Own Career

Whether you’re a young graduate just starting your career or someone who is feeling the vocational version of the “Seven Year Itch,” the secret to professional development is taking control of the direction of your career. Many young professionals have been taught to ask for permission and seek guidance at every turn. At times this is understandable because young professionals…

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FEE: There Is No Government Shortcut for Entrepreneurial Success

FEE: There Is No Government Shortcut for Entrepreneurial Success

Senator Elizabeth Warren is right that the path to wealth is through entrepreneurship. The senator recently released her “Leveling the Playing Field for Entrepreneurs” plan, a proposal that claims to help minorities who are starting businesses. This plan comes on the tails of her indignation toward wealthy Americans, referring to them as “freeloaders.” Perhaps she fails to realize that many…

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FEE: Should Corporations Consider Any “Stakeholders” Other Than Shareholders?

FEE: Should Corporations Consider Any “Stakeholders” Other Than Shareholders?

CS Lewis, the famed author of The Chronicles of Narnia, once discussed the distinction between advancing ethics and advancing knowledge of facts. In Lewis’ view, ethics changes remarkably little over the years. What changes, and changes rapidly, is our knowledge of how the world works. This advancement of knowledge informs our application of ethical norms, and it is advancing knowledge…

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How Purple is Texas?

How Purple is Texas?

A number of indicators since the 2016 Presidential election have suggested that Texas may not be as reliable of a red state as it has in the past. From Trump winning just 52.2% of the Texan vote, to Ted Cruz barely scraping a majority over Beto O’Rourke in 2018, and now John Cornyn visibly concerned for not just his future…

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