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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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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5G Wireless Networks: Who Should Set the Rules?

5G Wireless Networks: Who Should Set the Rules?

The FCC recently passed regulations that would make the deployment of 5G Wireless technology subject to national rules. Under those rules, local cities and townships would be restricted in the amount of fees that they could charge private wireless providers to use municipal assets and infrastructure. The rationale behind this policy is to ensure that 5G wireless technology is quickly…

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Are Conservatives Fresh Out of Ideas for Cities?

Are Conservatives Fresh Out of Ideas for Cities?

In the conservative state of Texas, the largest city that regularly elects a conservative mayor is Fort Worth. Across the nation, it is uncommon for midsize and large cities to elect right-of-center mayors. The notable exception would be New York City, which has elected Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg in recent memory. Why do conservatives struggle to win elections in…

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Could Technology Transform City Governance?

Could Technology Transform City Governance?

Technology has radically changed the way the way we live our personal lives, conduct our business, and communicate with friends and family. In the private sector, technology has reduced the cost of making and delivering goods, improved intelligence about consumer preferences, and reduced the amount of human labor needed to carry out simple tasks. Will similar opportunities for cost savings…

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How Not To Fix Fort Worth: A Response to Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

How Not To Fix Fort Worth: A Response to Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Bud Kennedy should be commended for thinking big and long-term with regards to Fort Worth’s future (“Here’s How to Fix Fort Worth“). Unfortunately, his ideas mostly range from the superficial to the counterproductive. It is hard to disagree with Kennedy’s “image” suggestions: embrace a “modern west” mindset, abandon Dallas-envy, emphasize Trinity Trails, etc. However, it is difficult to imagine that…

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