Texas is increasingly urban and suburban. Texas municipalities need forward-thinking, market-oriented solutions to address all aspects of affordable living, transit, governance, and cost of doing business. Where possible, we advocate for decentralized, distributed governance and governmental transparency through the use of technology.
As Texas become increasingly “purple,” it is critical that local lawmakers are equipped with non-partisan market-oriented solutions that foster better living and build strong communities, rather than relying on state officials to dictating policy to municipalities.
A thousand people move to Texas each day, according to estimates. To ensure that the growing population does not drive up the costs of housing in Texas, it is important that Texas maintains accommodating zoning and construction laws and ordinances that allow new constructions of homes and multi-family units.
Rather than failed policies like rent-control, the key to affordable housing and sustained economic growth in Texas is to remove obstacles to new development and construction. This approach will make housing affordable and accessible for Texas residents and newcomers alike.
State and local funds for highways, roads, and general infrastructure should be spent wisely and effectively as Texans’ daily lives are affected by how this money is spent. As Texans, we should count on lawmakers to maintain the roads and bridges we already have and be weary of expensive, capital intensive single-route infrastructure plans such as the high speed rail between Dallas and Houston. While these ideas may sound good on the surface, the costs, debt, and personal freedom consequences through the wide use of eminent domain that would needed to obtain the land outweigh any potential benefits. Texas should also stray from funding infrastructure with debt as this results in a tax hike on future generations. If transportation is to be a key priority of the state, there are several areas of waste and earmarks in the budget that should be reprioritized to this function.