February 2013

Tax Shift

Tax Shift

Apparently some states are looking to improve their competitive standing by cutting taxes. The list of soon-to-be-friendlier states is missing one very important entry: Texas. My friend Grover Norquist, who heads Americans for Tax Reform, recently sent out this chart:...
Stupidity Isn’t Bravery

Stupidity Isn’t Bravery

Oppose New Taxes! Well, that didn’t take long. The new chairman of the House Public Education Committee, a close ally of moderate Speaker Joe Straus, said today he wants to raise Texans’ taxes. He called it “bravery.” Texans call it something...
‘Brewing’ More Liberty

‘Brewing’ More Liberty

Texas is known as a state with low regulations and free markets. You wouldn’t know it from the perspective of local breweries and brewpubs in the state. The brewing industry has some of the most senseless regulations in the state designed solely to squelch competition...
Save Texas Students

Save Texas Students

Education in Texas is at a crossroads. Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to make systemic reforms that will impact students for decades to come. Before joining Empower Texans, I worked for two years as a public school teacher in Houston ISD, where I saw...