Washington Examiner: Enlightened thinking in Texas

Washington Examiner: Enlightened thinking in Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that the statewide mask mandate and all restrictions on business’ operating capacity would be lifted this coming week. The following day, President Biden called these decisions “Neanderthal thinking.” In making his announcement, Abbott focused on the fact that Texans have mastered individual habits and practices to mitigate against the risks of contracting the coronavirus. In…

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Houston Chronicle: Opinion: Don’t stop tech in Texas

Houston Chronicle: Opinion: Don’t stop tech in Texas

Texas Innovation Regarding “U.S. hits Google in antitrust suit,” (A1, Oct. 21): The recent antitrust lawsuit against Google, joined by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, misapplies antitrust law and threatens Texas’ burgeoning tech sector. The proper standard for antitrust law is preventing consumer harm. It is difficult to argue Google causes harm to consumers when search is free and the cost of…

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OCR: Work-at-home crowd prefers to relocate to places with lower taxes, less regulation

OCR: Work-at-home crowd prefers to relocate to places with lower taxes, less regulation

When people can work wherever they want, where do they choose to live? And perhaps more importantly, where do they choose to leave? Traditionally, decisions about where to live have been closely tied to decisions about where to work. If you got a job in Phoenix, you head to Phoenix. COVID-19-related workplace disruptions caused many companies to move all or…

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Elizabeth Warren and AOC Get Everything Wrong About M&A

Elizabeth Warren and AOC Get Everything Wrong About M&A

Arthur Schopenhauer once quipped that if it were constantly repeated with great solemnity, nothing was too absurd for people to believe. After reading the preliminary Pandemic Anti-Monopoly Act from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I find myself more seriously contemplating absurdity. This proposal is a study in Schopenhauer’s point: though couched in great solemnity, both the act itself and the…

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FEE: Who’s Afraid of a Deregulated Plumbing Industry?

FEE: Who’s Afraid of a Deregulated Plumbing Industry?

On May 26, the Texas Legislature failed to reach an agreement to extend the life of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Further, they failed to transfer the department to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. This, in effect, would have deregulated the plumbing industry in Texas. The department was temporarily in “wind-down” mode and had until September 2020 to…

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Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Not Healthy to Workers

Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Not Healthy to Workers

Earlier this year, the City of Austin became the first city in Texas – and the South – to approve an extensive paid sick leave policy. This ordinance, which passed on a 9-2 vote by the Austin City Council, will require private businesses to provide paid sick leave to approximately 87,000 Austinites. The new law’s passage prompted applause by progressives…

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10 RULES FOR JUDGING LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

10 RULES FOR JUDGING LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

How do you make up your mind about specific issues and policies? Apart from following the opinions of like-minded people in your social circle or the recommendations of some writer or celebrity, who and what informs your decision-making process? Rather than taking an ad hoc approach to policy, we suggest that one develop an intellectual framework based on his or…

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