Economy

It is no accident that Texas consistently leads the nation in job creation. Some have described this economic powerhouse as a "Texas Miracle." But, we know better than that. The Texas Economic Experience is rooted in concepts and principles that will work anywhere they're tried: Keeping taxes low, creating a predictable regulatory climate, cracking down on lawsuit abuse, and investing in critical infrastructure like roads, water and schools in a fiscally responsible way.
Twenty years ago, Republicans successfully concluded a multi-year, national effort to reform America’s cash welfare program. The reform was based on one simple idea: the best way to change lives and help people out of...
Earlier this week, I toured the Port of Houston and participated in a roundtable discussion with Port of Houston Authority (PHA) officials, in which I discussed the port’s remarkable job creation and its powerful economic...
Having just returned from California, it's time to ask, is this our future? Basically, we see two roads for America, the Texas road or California road.
The City of Brownsville has received a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the city’s bus and bicycle and pedestrian systems...
Ain’t no way I’m watching the Democratic Convention.Especially when I can be enjoying myself this week at the Mises Institute's “Mises University” program, which is the anti-Democratic Convention.
The issue of worker misclassification promises to loom large once again during the next session of the Texas Legislature – and not just as it relates to the construction industry.
Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment, authored by Representative Steven Palazzo (MS-04) and I, during consideration of the fiscal year 2017 Interior and Environment bill, which prevents the...
U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville and I have announced the designation of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as M-69 Marine Highway by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The M-69 Marine Highway designation...
In the past two years startup companies have played an increasingly large role in creating jobs and stimulating economic growth in our local communities. In North Texas alone, investors have injected more than $1 billion in...
Coauthored by Adam Bates.The Arizona Legislature should not use its state as laboratory for another poorly thought out immigration enforcement bill.
Free trade has taken a lot of hits this campaign season. Candidates from both parties have argued that this core tenet of capitalism should be completely rewritten, if not entirely erased. The reasoning goes something like...
Living in Texas metropolitan areas, given as our economy has slowed, we all understand that the roads are deteriorating, the congestion is getting worse almost to the point of L.A. style traffic in Houston, Austin, and...
Arguments against immigration come across my desk every day but their variety is limited – rarely do I encounter a unique one.  Several times a year I give presentations about these arguments and rebut their points.  These...
Monday’s lackluster GDP report shows that the U.S. economy grew at a sluggish 1.2 percent pace in the second quarter. This goes to show that the President’s big government liberal policies are not working. Speaking of - What...
Last week I came across the kind of person I had previously thought was the stuff of right-wing folklore. No, they’re real.Evidently among my Facebook friends I have someone who converted from anarcho-capitalism to “green...
Some time ago, I wrote an article in an effort to inform readers about how their tax dollars are being spent on improvement projects in and around the Galleria area.
Former Republican governor of New Mexico and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has a vision for America fundamentally different from Donald Trump’s. Perhaps the most striking difference is on immigration.
I worked with U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) to include language in the Appropriations Bill to assist the Port of Corpus Christi to compete for funding that will strengthen the port as a key player in the U.S....
I disagreed with President Lyndon Baines Johnson on many issues, but I respected him for his efforts to prevent a Communist takeover of South Vietnam.
Since 2003, America’s PAC has been involved in every national election and in 2002, many of the America’s PAC staff led by the late Richard Nadler operated under the group, “Citizens For Better Government” before the...

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