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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....

TCCRI Executive Director Tom Aldred, who moved to Texas from the U.K., brings his unique perspective to yesterday's U.K. election and its lessons for conservatives in Texas.

By Tom Aldred, Executive Director.    Dec. 2, 2019

While the Senate Finance Committee is delving into the state spending limit and the business personal property tax, the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services will be looking at vaping, as w...

By Tom Aldred, Executive Director.    Dec. 2, 2019

The Senate Committees on Finance and Health & Human Services both begin their interim work this week with hearings on Tuesday. The Finance Committee will tackle two perennial issues: the state’s...

LBB was created to help the legislature keep tighter control over state spending. It should refocus on that mission. Governor Patrick’s actions vis-à-vis the LBB are not a cause for concern. They are a necessary step needed in order to get the LBB ba...

In this piece, TCCRI's Executive Director Tom Aldred explains why all Texans should vote to prohibit a state income tax on November 5.

Published in TribTalk February 26, 2018

Dale Craymer is right. In his Feb. 5 column “Bad Math: Replacing property taxes with higher sales taxes doesn’t add up for Texans,” he argues that raising the state’s sales tax rate to 23 percent in order to eli...

Published in the Star-Telegram on February 14, 2018

Texas is one of only two states to have two cities listed among the 10 most congested in the country. Dallas is the fifth-most-congested city in the nation, while Houston is eighth. Additionally, the...

On October 11, NAFTA renegotiations will recommence between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The free trade agreement has come under a lot of criticism, not least from President Trump, who repeatedly links NAFTA to American job losses and trade deficits...

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