2020 TCCRI Policy Forum
The inauguration of George W. Bush as Governor in 1995 heralded the beginning of a new era of conservative governance in Texas. In the years that followed, free market principles were brought to bear in Texas’s retail and wholesale electricity markets, Texas’s homeowners and property & casualty insurance market, and Texas’s telecommunications market.
Landmark lawsuit and medical liability tort reform followed, together with a succession of balanced budgets even during times of global economic turmoil. More recently, conservative leadership has pushed back against local government overregulation of the private economy, reduced the state’s franchise tax rates, rolled back occupational licensing requirements, and imposed permanent restrictions on property tax growth.
The results of these years of conservative leadership are self-evident: Texas continues to grow by 1,000 people a day, is consistently rated as the best state for business, has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, and now accounts for almost ten percent of the production of the entire United States.
The policies that have produced these results are rooted in the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise; the founding principles of TCCRI. The 2020 TCCRI Policy Forum will focus on the importance of these principles to the success that Texas has achieved over the past quarter-century, and how to ensure that these principles continue to remain at the forefront of governance in Texas.