Empowering Parents

What to know: The Oklahoma State House has passed a parent empowerment bill that would ensure parents are the key decision-makers in their children’s educations. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says it’s “the most expansive education parents’ choice bill in the country.”

The TPPF take: Is 2023 the year for parent empowerment in Texas?

“Once parents are empowered with real choices, schools respond with new programs, improved curriculum, and a renewed focus on the quality of the education they are providing students,” says TPPF’s Mandy Drogin. “School choice is the catalyst that encourages everyone to become better and more efficient.”

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Corruption at our Doorstep

What to know: The former stop security official in the Mexican government has been convicted of accepting bribes to work on behalf of the criminal cartels.

The TPPF take: The Biden administration continues to claim that the southern U.S. border is secure. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“The cartels have operational control of the Mexican border—and largely control the Mexican government, which has descended into a hopelessly corrupt and lawless narco state where officials who dare to enforce the law end up assassinated, often in publicly gruesome ways,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore “With the would-be immigrants pouring across the border come rivers of deadly drugs as border agents are diverted to processing people who claim asylum rather than intercepting drugs.”

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Leveling the Playing Field

What to know: House and Senate leaders are advancing the Texas Regulatory Consistency Act, a bill to “bar cities and counties from regulating entire ‘fields’ already controlled by state law.” The much-needed initiative would bring uniformity and consistency to local regulations—and make it easier for businesses to understand and comply with the law.

The TPPF take: Texas businesses need regulatory consistency and simplicity to survive and thrive.

“Left-leaning local officials are making Texas less competitive and less desirable through overregulation. It’s well past time for state lawmakers to intervene to restore Texas’ free-market-friendly reputation,” says TPPF’s James Quintero. “Businesses need consistency to thrive, not burdensome regulations.”

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