Texas Schools California

What to know: Last year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom touted a $100 million budget surplus. This year, California faces a $22.5 billion deficit while Texas announced a $32.7 billion surplus.

The TPPF take: As California tries to end oil and gas, while sticking their residents with high income and gas taxes, their budget problems aren’t going away.

“California’s high tax, spend, and regulate policies, combined with the push for expensive and unreliable renewables, are driving Californians out of the state and are likely just the beginning of their economic troubles,” said Chuck DeVore, TPPF’s Chief National Initiatives Officer.

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Mayra Flores Joins TPPF

What to know: TPPF announced the addition of Mayra Flores as chair of the Juan Seguin society, where she will continue to focus on border security and economic issues that were her focus as representative.

The TPPF take: Mayra’s knowledge and experience will be invaluable as Texas faces new challenges.

“At a time when Texas is facing critical challenges brought on by the Biden Administration, as well as tremendous opportunities in the upcoming legislative session, Mayra’s knowledge, experience, and character will serve the foundation and Texas well in the fight to secure the border, ensure parents are in charge of their child’s education, and protect taxpayers with historic property tax reform,” said TPPF CEO Greg Sindelar.

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The End of the Internet

What to know: A Supreme Court case challenging the “liability shield” often used by social media platforms could “upend the internet,” according to court filings by Google.

The TPPF take: The liability shield laid out in Gonzalez doesn’t cover the activity today’s social media companies engage in.

“The limits on ‘Good Samaritan’ immunity being challenged in this case were designed to provide protections for restricting access to online content. Algorithmic promotion and content amplification are not provided the same protections from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act,” said Zach Whiting, TPPF’s Senior Fellow of Technology Policy.

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