Democrats Aren’t Good for Texas Businesses

One of the hallmarks of Regressives is the rejection of principles. They deal with issues in isolation, believing that we must experiment to discover “what works.” Now they are trying to convince Texas businesses to take that same approach. As one example, the Chronicle called for the state’s businesses to consider supporting Democrats. Regressive blogger […]

Texans Face a Choice

A recent Chronicle editorial tells us that Texas businesses must choose who their allies are in the state legislature. Traditionally, state Republicans have been viewed as business-friendly, but the editorial questions whether that remains true.

That choice isn’t between Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative. That’s not the divide in Texas anymore. The choice is […]

Defending the Indefensible

Government school bureaucrats are circling the wagons. They believe that their fiefdoms are under assault by charter schools and school voucher advocates. In response, bureaucrats from at least twenty-five local school districts have formed a coalition to improve the government school “brand.”

The organization—Go Public Gulf Coast—is divided on the issue of working with charter […]

Rally for School Choice

Approximately 4,000 people gathered in Austin on Tuesday to support more educational choices for Texas parents. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke in favor of giving parents more choices. Predictably, the political Left opposes more school choice. The Chronicle reports:

Opponents say Patrick’s plans to allow parents to pay for private […]

Educational Savings Accounts

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin, is pushing the state legislature to allow for Educational Savings Accounts (ESA). In a policy paper, the organization states ESAs will address government school funding issues while giving parents more educational choices.

ESAs are a step in the right direction, albeit a very […]

Check Your Premises

For months, the Chronicle has been waging a campaign for government school reform. A seemingly endless series of articles, editorials, and opinion pieces have addressed government schools. And without exception, these pieces have two things in common.

The first commonality is that everyone agrees that government schools are broken. Whether it is school funding, the […]

The Two Faces of Statism

A recent Chronicle editorial laments the recent trend in Austin to limit the legislative prerogatives of municipalities. Republicans are threatening to pass legislation that will usurp local control on issues like plastic bags, Uber, restrooms, and cutting down trees.

After decades promoting local control, now Republicans in Austin have decided there’s no municipal issue too […]

End Educational Subsidies

According to the Chronicle, it’s not enough that taxpayers pay for the education of Texas children through high school. The paper also wants taxpayers to pay for their college education. Otherwise, the paper laments, Texas colleges might have to start recruiting foreign born students who will pay higher tuition rates.

Whatever the policy looks like, […]

Government Schools Say Grading is Unfair

I have previously written about the uproar over the new A-F rating system for Texas’ government schools. While the first “report card” isn’t due until August 2018, school districts across the state are already launching a crusade to persuade legislators to abandon the system.

School bureaucrats contend that the system isn’t fair. Spring ISD Superintendent […]

The “War on Drugs” is Immoral

Chris Tomlinson, the Regressive business columnist for the Chronicle, writes that Texas is wasting money on its prison system. I agree with him on that point. But then we part ways. Tomlinson believes that much of the money spent on prisons could be better spent on such as job training, drug counseling, and mental health […]