On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court held that Article X, Section 6 of Montana’s State Constitution violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution’s prohibition on laws that prohibit the free exercise of religion. At issue in Espinoza v Montana was a school choice program created by the Montana legislature that provided tax credits to anyone who donates money to one of many orga...

Happy Independence Day! Despite, and because of, the events of the last few months, I continue to stand tall and proud to be an American. 2020 has been a year of uncertainty, political impasse, and tremendous heartache. At the same time, we have witnessed American ingenuity on full display, tremendous success while on the verge of failure, and a resiliency fortified in the American dream.

Even with yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Louisiana’s abortion law, in Austin there is a reminder that the fight to protect unborn life goes on at the local level. In the most recent Legislative Session, the Legislature enacted Senate Bill 22, by Senator Donna Campbell, which generally prohibits state or local governments from entering into a transaction with an abortion provide...

Today is Thomas Sowell’s 90th birthday. Dr. Sowell is a prolific writer, economist, author of more than 30 books, and one of my personal heroes. So how does Dr. Sowell celebrate his 90th birthday? By publishing a new book, of course.

By Mia Garza McCord, President.     June 2, 2020

Americans are hurting. Job loss, 100,000 Americans lost to COVID-19, businesses shuttering, and now the glaring truth that inequity in America is very real. It is ok to be angry, frustrated, fearful, and sad. It is ok to support the protesters calling for justice in the gruesome and completely avoidable death of George Floyd, while at the same time,...

By Tom Aldred, Executive Director.     May 27, 2020 

Last month, the Democratic members of the Texas Senate urged Governor Abbott to expand Medicaid in response to the health care and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They cited a panoply of benefits from states that have already expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, ranging from increased state and local tax...

By Mia Garza McCord, President.     May 25, 2020

One of my fondest memories growing up is of my grandfather, Concepcion “Chonito” Guerrero, driving to and from the local VFW every day to raise and lower the U.S. flag. Aside from his granddaughter, no one was watching, but he always did it with reverence and respect as if thousands were watching. Every Memorial Day, he would put on his best sh...

By Russell Withers, General Counsel & Senior Policy Analyst.     May. 21, 2020

Alice Cooper's "School's Out" has been an end-of-school-year anthem for nearly half of a century, but this year feels different. Instead of chanting "school's out for summer," parents and children who have already been at home since March are more apt to skip that part and nod in agreement with "school's out forever." I...

Texas is a strange place right now. On the one hand, there is a clamor for testing. Any health care provider with a patient experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms wants to be able to test that patient. On the other hand, testing school students as part of the public education accountability system continues to encounter opposition. However, the fundamental point of testing – to understand someone’s co...

Victor Davis Hanson has a piece today in National Review that does a great job of laying out how we are on course to have so many questions about COVID-19 answered. It is insightful, and worth a read in its entirety, but one particular passage captured a series of thoughts I've been juggling in my own head for the last few weeks.

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