Book Recommendations from 2019

Book Recommendations from 2019

As 2019 is ending, we asked a few of our colleagues to share a bit about their favorite books they read this year. We hope that one or maybe even a few of the books will make your reading list for 2020. Lindsay Marie – Policy Analyst, Criminal Justice Prisoners of Politics By: Rachel Elise Barkow At the current pace…

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Fee: “Common Good Capitalism” Is No Substitute for Free Enterprise

Fee: “Common Good Capitalism” Is No Substitute for Free Enterprise

The notion that, left unguided, without any sort of of policy involvement, the market will solve our problems will not restore a balance between the obligations and rights of the private sector and working Americans. —Senator Marco Rubio, Nov. 5, 2019 Senator Marco Rubio and his common good capitalism advocates may mean well. But as Milton Friedman tells us, we don’t judge…

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GOV. GREG ABBOTT CALLS FOR DEREGULATION OF OCCUPATIONAL LISCENSING

GOV. GREG ABBOTT CALLS FOR DEREGULATION OF OCCUPATIONAL LISCENSING

AUSTIN, Texas — On Oct. 8, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a letter to the heads of state agencies, directing their agencies to trim licensing regulations, reduce fees and requirements for certain professions, and remove licensing barriers for individuals with criminal records, where appropriate. Abbot ordered this overhaul with the intention of providing Texans “the opportunity to earn a living free…

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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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