Vance Ginn

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick doubles down on school choice fight

Days after a House hearing in which lawmakers gave the issue skeptical treatment, Patrick made clear private school choice topped his list of …

BLS: Unemployment Rates stable in 42 states in September

<b>Unemployment rates were significantly lower in September in 7 states</b>, higher in 1 state, and <b>stable in 42 states</b> and the District of Columbia, the …

Why most regulations are harmful | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

One of the most basic ideas in economics is that the vast majority of regulations are harmful. Here's a simple example. Suppose banks charged $2 to …

Strengthen the conservative Texas model

<i>This commentary originally appeared in the San Antonio Express-News on May 7, 2016.</i><p>Texas faces multiple economic challenges. These headwinds have …

Affordable Austin? A Shakespearean tragedy in the making

<i>This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on May 9, 2016.</i><p>Austin’s renewed emphasis on affordable housing will read like a …

TODAY: TPPF's Talmadge Heflin to testify before Texas House Appropriations Committee

AUSTIN – Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Fiscal Policy Director Talmadge Heflin will testify before the Texas House Appropriations …

TPPF releases spotlight paper on Texas budget trends in Articles VIII-X

AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a paper by Center for Fiscal Policy Director Talmadge Heflin and Economist Dr. Vance Ginn …

New Texas jobs report shows unemployment rate at or below U.S. average for 112 consecutive months

AUSTIN – Last Friday, the Texas Workforce Commission released Texas labor market information for April 2016. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s …

Rivalry helps drive Florida and Texas to economic success

<i>This commentary originally appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on May 24, 2016.</i><p>They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — and for Texans and …

Am I an ideologue? | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

Adam Ozimek has a good post showing that economists are not ideologues, and that they change their mind when new information comes in. So I tried to …

Bank Failures by Year

In 2015, eight FDIC insured banks failed. This was the lowest level since 2007.<p>Most of the great recession / housing bust / financial crisis related …

Amendments to restore the Rule of Law

<i>This commentary originally appeared in Real Clear Policy on January 15, 2016.</i><p>After the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia concluded, a …

Spending vs. Taxation: Does the Conservative Texas Budget Meet the Needs of Texans? – PO2016

Policy Orientation 2016<p>Wednesday, January 6 • 1:30-2:45 p.m.<p>A child’s education is one of the many things that can’t get funded unless the state’s …

TPPF Policy Orientation panel to address Medicaid & health care solutions

AUSTIN – A supplemental spending bill passed by the 84th Legislature caused total state spending on health and human services to exceed education …

TPPF Policy Orientation panel to address the Conservative Texas Budget

AUSTIN – The 84th Texas Legislature passed a budget increase of less than population growth plus inflation. To examine whether this constitutes a …

TPPF Policy Orientation panel to address the Texas model and tax reform

AUSTIN – The Texas model of low taxes, no individual income tax, and moderate regulation has generated prosperity for many Texans. Yet, the business …

TPPF Policy Orientation panel to address tax and expenditure limits

AUSTIN – Texas state spending has increased faster than population growth plus inflation since 2004. To explore options for an effective tax and …

Economic freedom close to home

<i>This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on December 14, 2015.</i><p>A dozen government policies cost the typical American …

TPPF releases policy brief on the failures of Texas' business margin tax

AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation released new research outlining problems with the business margin tax. The paper, “Failures of …

Report: Texas ranks third for economic freedom in U.S.

AUSTIN – Texas ranks third for economic freedom in the United States according to a new study released this month by the Fraser Institute, an …

Texas Governor Greg Abbott to keynote TPPF Policy Orientation

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) is pleased to announce that Texas Governor Greg Abbott will deliver the closing keynote at the …

TPPF statement on congressional agreement to lift 40-year ban on oil exports

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment …

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George Selgin Talks Crisis on EconTalk

CMFA Director George Selgin recently appeared on EconTalk, the weekly podcast from the Library for Economics and Liberty hosted by Russ Roberts. He …

Wind Cronyism Wins; We Lose

After all the drama in this end-of-year self-generated fiscal crisis, Congressional negotiators struck a deal on the omnibus spending and tax …