TPPF Urges Passage of Reforms to Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying

AUSTIN—The Texas House of Representatives is expected to consider Senate Bill 29 on Monday. SB 29 prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars by local governments to hire lobbyists to advocate against tax reform, bond transparency, and ethics issues and requires greater government disclosure. The bill has received bipartisan support from lawmakers growing frustrated with local governments spending more than $40...

Press Release May 19, 2019

TPPF: Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Probation and Parole

AUSTIN— Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right on Crime initiative published the policy perspectives Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Probation and Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Parole. Three Tips for Policymakers for Improving Probation: Reduce criminalization and incentivize and expand use of police and pretrial diversion. Assess risk and criminogenic needs of each person placed...

Press Release May 17, 2019

TPPF: HB 769 Will Limit Excessive Superintendent Severance Packages

AUSTIN— This evening, the Texas House preliminarily passed House Bill 769, which would place certain restrictions on severance payments made to school superintendents. One proposal, added via an amendment, would prohibit both open-enrollment charter schools and school districts from making a severance payment to the chief executive in excess of one year’s salary. “Six-figure severance payments are an...

Press Release May 9, 2019

TPPF: The Use of Taxpayer Dollars to Fund Union Costs Undermines Free-Speech Rights

AUSTIN—Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation published the policy perspective, Vindicating Texans’ Free Speech Rights Under Janus. “Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court found that elected officials infringe on public employees’ First Amendment rights when they force them as a job condition to allow a third party—a labor union—to speak for them on workplace matters and infringe...

Press Release May 9, 2019