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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SMU Texas Economic Forum

SMU Texas Economic Forum

Lone Star Policy Institute director, Doug McCullough, was recently asked to be a panelist at the SMU Economic Forum on Trump and the Texas Economy.  This event was a fast-paced and informative forum on Texas’s growing economy. Other panelists included Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation, Vance Ginn of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and W. Michael Cox…

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In Texas, Renting Furniture Could Land You in Jail

In Texas, Renting Furniture Could Land You in Jail

Pay Your Dues or You Could Land in Jail: How Rent-to-Own Customers Are Facing Jail-Time Rent-to-own stores provide millions of Americans the opportunity to have possession of items they could not otherwise afford. By making steady payments, customers struggling with limited income or low credit can have their dream furniture or other merchandise within their own homes—at least that’s what…

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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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