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.
I was angry. Every American should be angry right now. This is getting ridiculous.
There is much to fear about in our future with rising debt, unemployment not dipping below 7.7% in years, and many jobs disappearing as the participation rate of employment is down to 1980’s levels. To top it off, the GDP...
After talking about it for months, Sen. John Carona filed a bill that he believes will help stop the problem of worker misclassification, also known as payroll fraud.The bill could still be substituted and amended, but this...
Written by Walter Coffey: Building a railroad across America was a remarkable engineering feat. However, the alliance between corporations and government that built the railroad set a precedent for the wasteful and...
Too many fallacies to list in this article from the Washington Post, so let’s focus on this: “Pessimism produces a sluggish economy; a sluggish economy produces pessimism. That’s the main explanation of poor job...
Under President Obama, the deficit has doubled. The federal government now borrows 40 cents for every new dollar it spends. No family, no community, no country can sustain that kind of excessive spending. It’s the road to...
Harper’s magazine, talking to Monopoly champion Richard Marinaccio, writes:“Monopoly players around the kitchen table”—which is to say, most people—“think the game is all about accumulation,” he said. “You know,...
This week’s release of the Congressional Budget Office’s 2013 Economic Outlook report underscores the need for serious reforms to get our economy moving in the right direction again. The report projects that the national...
Researchers at the University of Texas backs up what we've been saying for years: far too many construction workers in Texas are the victims of payroll fraud.
I released the following statement regarding the House’s action this week to require Congress to pass a budget or withhold pay:The White House has made it increasingly clear that its second-term agenda will be based on the...
For 140 days every two years, lawmakers, their staffs, armies of lobbyists, activists, journalists, and others descend on the Texas Capitol for the regular session of the legislature. The legislative issue we're watching...
The global manufacturing company Tenaris has invested $1.3 billion to build a steel pipe plant in Matagorda County. Upon completion in 2016, the plant will employ 600 people with an annual salary of approximately $66,000....
I issued the following statement after President Obama addressed the need to avert the looming sequestration cuts, which he first proposed:President Obama said "these cuts are not smart, these cuts are not fair, and they...
I attended the state of the Union Address last week and wanted to share some of my thoughts with you. President Obama's speech was full of great ideas but empty on the how do we do its. The most obvious "How?" that was...
In 2006, the Montgomery County commissioners created the Montgomery County Jail Financing Corporation in order to build the Joe Corley Detention Facility. To finance the facility’s construction, the commissioners sold $44.8...
This letter is to all of our conservative friends in the formerly great state of California. Have you had enough yet? With new anti-gun legislation, more spending, more taxes, and a nearly bankrupt government that wants to...
There is good news about energy. We have untapped natural resources here at home. In the United States, we have natural gas that can be turned into liquefied natural gas. Other nations don't have this. We have so much...
Texans deserve better than a government that accepts chronic high unemployment, and that is why I will continue to demand that Congress address our record deficits and unsustainable debt to provide certainty in the...
Most of my conservative friends view America as lost; I have decided to become the Happy Warrior. One reason begins with one reality; our opponents can easily be mocked. The real secret behind this group is that they are...
At an early age, State Rep. Stefani Carter's parents let her know that if she wanted to go to college, then she’d need to work to pay for it. She worked hard, saved money and earned a full scholarship to the University of...

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