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.
August 29th, 2016
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...
August 16th, 2016
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...
August 10th, 2016
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...
August 2nd, 2016
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...
June 30th, 2016
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...
June 22nd, 2016
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.
June 9th, 2016
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.
May 16th, 2016
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....
April 29th, 2016
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.
August 25th, 2016
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...
August 15th, 2016
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.
August 9th, 2016
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...
July 28th, 2016
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.
June 23rd, 2016
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.
June 16th, 2016
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...
June 5th, 2016
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...
May 3rd, 2016
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...
April 27th, 2016
Coauthored by Adam Bates.The Arizona Legislature should not use its state as laboratory for another poorly thought out immigration enforcement bill.