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.
If you want to know what a fiscally conservative leader looks like, look no further than Texas Attorney General Candidate Barry Smitherman. As Chairman of Texas Public Utilities and the Railroad Commission, Barry Smitherman...
Houston oilfield engineer and small business owner, Ryan Sitton, announced his campaign for the Texas Railroad Commission this week in Houston. Sitton enters a crowded field of candidates running to fill the seat vacated by...
Last week, I joined 42 of my colleagues as we introduced a bill to fund the government for the next year while delaying and defunding Obamacare. H.J.Res. 62, the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution, authored by...
The State of Texas is missing out on millions of dollars of tax revenue and Texas parents are losing millions in child support payments because of the failure to deal with payroll fraud and employee misclassification and the...
In an interview with WND’s John Griffing, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman, and Texas Attorney General Candidate, Barry Smitherman, said that Texas is preparing to survive as an independent nation if the U.S. falls apart....
The construction industry is rampant with workers who are misclassified as independent contractors when they are really employees, according to a study by the University of Texas. Workers who are misclassified are often...
The first three principles of conservatism given by Russell Kirk are belief in an enduring moral order, adherence to custom, convention, and continuity, and belief in what may be called the principle of prescription—that is...
Bono is a rock star, but he is also an anti-poverty activist. For years, he was a major proponent of foreign aid, debt cancellation, and worked to alleviate the dire plight of those suffering from HIV/AIDS, malaria and...
TexasGOPVote has been reporting on issues regarding wage theft, payroll fraud and employee misclassification for several years now. Recently the Texas Legislature passed legislation to help clamp down on some companies that...
I’ve been greatly concerned by Mozilla’s new “cookie clearinghouse” code that will be added to their latest Firefox update. The clearinghouse will automatically engage the 3rd cookie blocker on the browser, which could lead...
I joined five of my colleagues today in launching the bipartisan Interstate 69 Congressional Caucus to raise awareness of the strategic importance of I-69 as a freight corridor. I will serve as a co-chair of this caucus with...
The City of Houston's city elections are coming up quickly. This election gives conservatives an opportunity to send a serious message to Battleground Texas that we are intent on keeping Texas red and will take action to do...
Thursday I launched the bipartisan Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Caucus along with three of my colleagues, Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA16), Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX06), and Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX34) to help...
The recent job report simply shows what has been obvious, Obamanomics is still failing! The media reports that unemployment has dropped to 7.3 from 7.4, and of course the perfunctory declaration of hundreds of thousands of...
As I review the details of today’s jobs report, I remain deeply concerned about the impact of ObamaCare on full-time jobs. Businesses across our nation have stopped hiring, laid off workers, and cut employee hours to part-...
For many throughout world history and today, the idea of a holiday celebrating work would be at least bizarre. Hard workers the world over, slaves in anti-bellum America and in other countries, medieval serfs in feudal...
Imagine you or a loved one finds yourself homeless. When one puts themselves in a homeless person's shoes, what's the first thing that usually comes to mind? If you're like me, the first thing that I think of is, how are...
Since 2012 there has been soul searching among Republicans about what went wrong and how we can win back the Senate and the White House as well as win local elections. What has been lacking is a serious discussion about what...
I agree with Farrakhan that government is not the solution for blacks, or anybody else. But to not place any blame on Obama, and to blame the problems of “black America” on racism and greed of the past is ridiculous.
A component of comprehensive immigration reform that too often is overlooked in Washington is the tremendous amount of legal trade flowing across our southern border. Since NAFTA went into effect in 1994, American commerce...

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