Fighting Back

What to know: More states are standing up to woke investment firms that are adhering to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles—to the detriment of their investors and pension holders.

The TPPF take: Texas is leading the way on rooting out ESG from state investments.

“The ESG movement typically targets industries deemed politically incorrect, including fossil fuel exploration and production, as well as firearm manufacturing and selling,” says TPPF’s Greg Sindelar. “ESG is simply bad business.”

For more on ESG, click here.

Even California

What to know: California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Biden administration’s border policies “don’t work” and his state is “breaking” under the onslaught of illegal immigration.

The TPPF take: California, like Texas, is being forced to spend state tax revenues for what’s really a federal responsibility.

“Successful border security will both deter migrants from unlawful entry and impede criminal drug cartel operations,” says TPPF’s Rodney Scott. “Achieving this goal requires proactive federal and state cooperation. While strengthening the effectiveness of Texas’ own border security system, state officials can and should continue to hold the federal gov­ernment accountable for the protection of all the states of the Union. As long as Texas has an unsecure border, every state is a border state.”

For more on immigration, click here.

Rural Resistance? 

What to know: Will rural Republicans join with Democrats to block parent empowerment in the upcoming legislative session? They’ve done it before.

The TPPF take: Rural Texans support parent empowerment—and their representatives should take note.

“While some paint rural communities as opposed to education freedom, voters in those areas do not buy it: The average support in Texas’ 200 most rural counties is still 88%,” says TPPF’s Michael Barba. “Rural voters support their neighborhood schools and are also conservatives who believe that parents should be empowered.”

For more on parent empowerment, click here.