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Texans Testify Against Transgender Bathroom Bill Through the Night

By Chuck Lindell Transgender Texans, and parents of transgender children, flocked to a Capitol hearing that began before midnight and lasted until the early morning to oppose a bill that would block cities and school districts from enacting or enforcing transgender-friendly restroom policies. Several choked …

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A Limited Government Solution to the Bathroom Controversy

The state of North Carolina has spent the better part of two years embroiled in a controversy over bathroom access for transgendered persons, and now Texas has waded into the fray with Senate Bill 6, which would expand state power into governing access to certain …

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A Limited Government Solution to the Bathroom Controversy

DALLAS – In the debate over bathroom access for transgendered persons, the best solution is not to expand government power, but limit municipal overreach. Those in favor of precluding cities from social justice do-goodism should embrace solutions such as Texas’s CSHB 2899, which limits municipal power— …

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Raising Taxes Won't Stop Climate Change, But Will Slow Economic Growth

Taxing carbon emissions has long been supported by environmentalists and the political left, but recently it has found support among some establishment Republicans.  And perhaps even President Donald Trump. Taxing carbon raises the price of using energy.  Supporters hope the country would, therefore, emit less …

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Trump Order Dismantles Climate Rules

By Jasmin Melvin, Brian Scheid President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that may slow the closure of some US coal-fired power plants and will begin a lengthy process of rescinding much of former President Barack Obama’s climate change policies. But the order …

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Republicans Who Believe in 'Tax Gain Without the Pain'

We thought the Donald Trump presidency would likely lead to some unconventional policy proposals, and it has. But now some Republicans, long the anti-tax party, are proposing major tax increases that they say have virtually no economic downside. Can that be possible?  Let’s start with …

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Government Sponsored Enterprises:

INTRODUCTION   by, SENATOR PETE V. DOMENICI The savings and loan debacle has taught us some expensive lessons. First, a government guarantee (even an implicit or indirect guarantee) is no free lunch. People rely on these guarantees and expect to be compensated if an institution fails. …

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Letter to the Texas Congressional Delegation Regarding Protection of Intellectual Property

April 4, 2017 Members of the Texas Congressional Delegation  Dear Senators and Representatives,  I know that you know of the work of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) in encouraging economic growth, job creation, and global U.S. competitiveness through free-markets, property rights, and technological innovation, …

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Are Countries with Trade Surpluses Economically Stronger?

Few concepts in economics are more misunderstood than the balance of trade. People seem to assume that a trade deficit is bad and a trade surplus is good, just as budget deficits — or big ones — are bad while budget surpluses are good. No …

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No Basis for Conservative Opposition to the Texas Central Rail Project

In Texas, some conservatives wrongly think that opposition to high speed rail is a conservative principle. It’s true that high speed rail projects have typically been publically financed with taxpayer dollars and cost and ridership projections have typically fallen short, necessitating perpetual taxpayer subsidies. But …

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