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The onset and spread of the coronavirus has highlighted the heroic efforts of frontline healthcare workers who continue to selflessly put their own needs and fears aside to care not only for those with COVID-19, but also their regular patients with strep throat, appendicitis, broken limbs, cancer, and all of the other maladies they fight on a daily basis. However, these trying times have also undersco...

By Russell Withers, General Counsel & Senior Policy Analyst.     Mar. 18, 2020

The collective mood in Texas, the nation, and the world is one of unease and uncertainty. It is difficult to gauge the historical significance of a moment as it happens in real time, but this feels important, no matter how it all plays out.  Things changed so quickly. At TCCRI, we were ramping up to weigh in on almost e...

By TCCRI Staff.     Mar. 5, 2020

TCCRI's President, Mia McCord, sat down with Lone Star Health News to talk about surprise medical billing and other health care priorities TCCRI will be examining over the interim. Below is part 2 of the discussion over potential legislation that could impact patients.

Click here for part 2. 

By TCCRI Staff.    Mar. 2, 2020

As Texans head to the polls this Super Tuesday, we will be driven largely by the same themes that play out in every federal election- what we believe to be the appropriate role of government in our everyday lives, the right to bear arms, the federal deficit, and national security to name just a few. And while healthcare is always a hot topic, Democratic primary vote...

By TCCRI Staff.     Feb. 27, 2020

TCCRI's President, Mia McCord, sat down with Lone Star Health News to talk about surprise medical billing and other health care priorities TCCRI will be examining over the interim. Below is part 1 of the discussion over surprise medical billing. Stay tuned for part 2 next week.

Click here for part 1. 

By TCCRI Staff.     Feb. 26, 2020

As part of our testimony to the Senate Committee on State Affairs for today's hearing, TCCRI made the following recommendations to the Committee regarding proposals "that may further protect and enhance Texans' Second Amendment right to bear arms." Click here to read the full testimony.

TCCRI’s recommendation to the Committee and to the entire Legislature woul...

By TCCRI Staff.    Feb. 26, 2020

The following is an extract from TCCRI's testimony to the Senate Committee on State Affairs regarding its charge to study the prosecution rate for low-level theft offenses. Click here to read the full testimony.

The argument that arresting and prosecuting lower-level offenders costs taxpayers significant money is undoubtedly true, at least on a short-term basis. Ens...

By TCCRI Staff.    Feb. 26, 2020

TCCRI submitted to the Senate Committee on State Affairs detailing the extensive measures that Texas had taken to combat Human Trafficking. The following are the key recommendations for further action that we made to the Committee. Click hereto read the full testimony.

In the 87th session, the Legislature should consider the following reforms:

Provide the OAG with co...

By Russell Withers, General Counsel & Senior Policy Analyst.     Feb. 25, 2020

The Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute has long held the position that the proliferation of special purpose districts poses a serious threat of excessive and overlapping levels government. This is particularly true with respect to taxation. While arguments can be made for the taxing power of cities, countie...

By TCCRI Staff.    Feb. 25, 2020

With the Senate Committee on Finance discussing how to remove barriers to effective utilization of federal disaster funding, the following is an extract from TCCRI's testimony to the committee. Click here to read the full testimony.

A fundamental problem that Texas and other states face with respect to making the disaster recovery process more efficient is that the...

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