Home Run for Health Care

What to know: House Speaker Dade Phelan’s “Healthy Families, Healthy Texas” plan is making its way through the Legislature.

The TPPF take: Passing these bills will mean a healthier, more prosperous Texas.

“One thing notable about Healthy Families, Healthy Texas is that it makes fixes to our health care system that go beyond the usual calls to expand Medicaid coverage to more people,” says TPPF’s David Balat. “Coverage doesn’t equal care, and Healthy Families, Healthy Texas focuses on the delivery and affordability of health care services.”

For more on Healthy Families, Healthy Texas, click here.

Burning Money

What to know: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a “risk alert” warning that “green” investment firms and managers may have misguided investors about their approach to investing based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

The TPPF take: The so-called ESG movement will hurt American companies—and everyday Americans—in the long run.

“The ESG movement wrongly bullies corporations into ignoring their duty to provide profitability for shareholders, in order to appease a vocal minority of progressive activists,” says TPPF’s Jason Isaac. “And some major firms are capitulating. Efforts to divest from fossil fuels would yield no significant environmental benefits but come with an extreme economic cost.”

For more on the ESG movement, click here.

Failing American Workers

What to know: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says that America is failing its workforce by not preparing its workers.

The TPPF take: We can do better in preparing workers for the good-paying jobs that are out there.

“We can tailor our state’s workforce development efforts more narrowly to the jobs that are out there and the skills that are needed,” says TPPF’s Vance Ginn. “Texas is a prosperous state with many job opportunities, but a portion of the populace lacks the skills necessary to get and keep these jobs. But we know what helps. Welfare-to-work programs, with the vital participation of the private sector, can change lives.”

For more on TPPF’s Opportunity Project, click here.