Washington Examiner: The TPP is up and running without us, and we’re losing out on its opportunities

Washington Examiner: The TPP is up and running without us, and we’re losing out on its opportunities

President Trump often says our trade partners treat us unfairly. Yet one of his first acts as president was to withdraw from a trade pact agreement designed to give favored treatment to its signatories. On Dec. 30, 2018, that pact, the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (known as TPP), went into effect without the United States. The TPP is a…

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FEE: How Congress Can Take a Step Toward Trade Stability

FEE: How Congress Can Take a Step Toward Trade Stability

After protracted smashmouth negotiations, the United States, Canada, and Mexico agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) with the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) on November 30, 2018. The new USMCA is largely NAFTA with certain positive elements drawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”). Unfortunately, certain new protectionist provisions unnecessarily take the USMCA in the wrong direction. Now, a new trade…

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NAFTA AND USMCA: Is North American Free Trade Good for Texas?

NAFTA AND USMCA: Is North American Free Trade Good for Texas?

NAFTA AND USMCA: Is North American Free Trade Good for Texas?  Doug McCullough, Director of Lone Star Policy Institute  Adapted from comments at the TPPF 2019 Policy Orientation. Video available here courtesy of Texas Public Policy Foundation Free Trade is Important for Texas and the United States. Texas is the nation’s largest exporter and the second largest manufacturer. Our top two…

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2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

Lone Star Policy Institute Year in Review Lone Star Policy Institute (“LSPI”) is looking forward to our second year in 2019. LSPI is an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. We advance public policy solutions that encourage Texans’ enterprising spirit, expand personal and economic freedom, and improve the quality of life for the people of…

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Inflation Doesn’t Mean You Deserve $15/hr

Inflation Doesn’t Mean You Deserve $15/hr

You are toiling at your minimum wage job when you hear your boss talking about making only $5 an hour when he was starting out in 1980. You think to yourself, “Wait a second, I’m not falling for that! I know about inflation.” You quickly search an inflation calculator and see that the same wage today would be $15 per hour.…

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THRIVE – Developing Social Capital

THRIVE – Developing Social Capital

Lone Star Policy Institute is excited to announce the launch of Thrive, an emerging leaders development program in partnership with Texas Young Professionals. Technological and social changes are disrupting commerce and our communities. Thrive will be a future-oriented conversation about innovation, economic empowerment, and resilience for tomorrow’s leaders of Texas. Our mission will be to help young professionals develop their…

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Work to do: Texas ranks 3rd in Economic Freedom of North America index

Work to do: Texas ranks 3rd in Economic Freedom of North America index

In Texas, we celebrate our freedom and pride ourselves on being a business-friendly state. We don’t brag about finishing second, let alone third. According to Economic Freedom of North America report, released by the Canada’s Fraser Institute, Texas ranks just third for economic freedom. This year, Florida beat New Hampshire and Texas as having the highest level of economic freedom…

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