TPPF Commends Gov. Abbott and TEA on New Guidelines Which Provide Clarity to Schools for How to Safely Educate Texas Students in the Fall

The Texas Public Policy Foundation commends Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency for the updated guidelines which provide clarity to schools on how they can proceed with educating students in the fall. “We are grateful to Governor Abbott and Commissioner Morath for offering more clarity to schools on how they can safely resume learning...

Press Release July 29, 2020

TPPF: General Paxton’s Legal Guidance on School Reopenings is Correct

Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued guidance on school reopenings during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is completely correct in his legal guidance that local health authorities lack power to issue a blanket closure of all schools,” said TPPF’s General Counsel Robert Henneke. “Unless applied to individual campuses based upon specific facts,...

Press Release July 28, 2020

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Budget Shortfall Highlights Importance of Reining in Government Spending Without Raising Taxes

Today, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar revised the Certification Revenue Estimate (CRE) to project a fiscal 2021 ending shortfall of $4.58 billion which Hegar attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent volatility in oil prices. “Today’s update by Texas Comptroller Hegar on the budget shortfall shows the importance of reining in government spending without raising taxes...

Press Release July 20, 2020

State and Federal Reforms Can Work Together to Improve Texas’ Child Welfare System

AUSTIN – Today the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a paper, The Texas Two-Step: Community-Based Care and the Family First Prevention Services Act.  “As the compliance deadline for the federal Family First Act approaches, the Texas Legislature must make important decisions on how to advance child welfare reform,” said Andrew Brown, distinguished senior fellow of child and family policy...

Press Release July 7, 2020

Healthcare PRICE Transparency Act Will Increase Competition and Affordability

This week, Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) released the Healthcare PRICE Transparency Act to make permanent the rule established in the executive order by President Trump. “People avoid needed care because of the secretive pricing of hospitals,” said David Balat, policy director of Right on Healthcare at...

Press Release July 2, 2020

USMCA Trade Agreement Will Bolster North American Trade and Provide Enforceable Environmental Regulations for Improving Global Air Quality

The United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement’s entry into force will bolster North American trade, support the American energy industry, and encourage trading partners to meet America’s environmental standards as a world leader in clean air. “This trade agreement is a critical move toward maintaining America’s status as a global energy powerhouse,” said Jason Isaac, senior manager and distinguished fellow of Life:Powered, a national initiative of...

Press Release July 2, 2020