February 25, 2020

Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute

Senate Committee on Finance

February 25, 2020

Regarding the Committee’s Charge: 

 Review federal, state, and local eligibility and receipt of disaster funds from Community Development Block Grants - Disaster Relief and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Identify any barriers to the effective utilization...

December 3, 2019

Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute

Testimony to the Senate Committee on Finance

December 3, 2019

Regarding the Committee’s Charge: Examine options and make recommendations for strengthening restrictions on appropriations established in Article VIII, Section 22, of the Texas Constitution, including related procedures defined in statute. Consid...

October 10, 2019

TCCRI staff explain the importance of Texas's new law promoting competition and workers' freedom in public works contracts.

February 15, 2019


Click here to read the entire Task Force Report.

I. Introduction

The Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute’s (TCCRI) Task Force on Free Enterprise, Energy, and Infrastructure met throughout 2018. TCCRI staff met with the Task Force’s legislative co-chairs, legislative staff, and interested private sector stakeholders to discuss pressing public...

September 13, 2018


The Occupational Licensing Consumer Choice Act (“the Act”) is model legislation that provides consumers with the right to choose a worker who best serves their needs irrespective of whether that person holds an occupational license from the state of [STATE]. It provides that business owners, entrepreneurs, and workers in professions otherwise...

August 28, 2018


The Committee’s charges today are important. For a number of years now, TCCRI has taken an interest in occupational licensing in Texas. There is a growing body of evidence that occupational licensing—i.e. requiring the government’s permission in order to pursue a specific occupation or trade—creates negative effects and distortions in the m...

December 5, 2017


The House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness will meet on December 5, 2017 to discuss the important issues of economic growth and competitiveness in Texas. The stated purpose of the December 5 hearing is “to show businesses . . . the principles that the Texas House believes should guide the state’s pursuit of long-term economic gr...

October 11, 2017

Background: Free Trade in Theory and Practice

Free trade between nations is one of the foundational concepts of modern economics. In the 19th century, British economist David Ricardo demonstrated in the clearest possible terms how unfettered trade between nations benefits both countries:

Ricardo demonstrated that for two nations without input factor mobi...

January 19, 2017


The free market is a central tenet of conservatism, which rests on the belief that the individuals interacting in the market place should make buying, selling and pricing decisions rather government bureaucrats.

Texas has built one of the strongest economies in the nation based largely on relatively low taxation and limited government interf...

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