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Is $2 Gas the Worst Thing to Happen to America?

Of course not. But it sure is fashionable to say so these days. Economist Bob Murphy joins us to overturn this fashionable view. 

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“$2 Gas Is the Worst Thing to Happen to America,” by Mark Morford   Read more »

at Dec 17, 2014 1:46 PM
       

Gov. Perry follows in Obama’s footsteps with an immigration executive order of his own

When President Obama could not get what he wanted from Congress on immigration, he simply issued an executive order. Now, it seems Governor Rick Perry is following President Obama’s example.

The Legislature has on multiple occasions rejected mandatory E-Verify. Now Perry’s made an end run around them and mandated it on his own through an executive order. On December 3, Perry issued Executive Order RP80 requiring Texas State Agencies and private entities seeking state contracts to use E-verify, not only on new hires, but on current and prospective employees including subcontractors.   Read more »

at Dec 16, 2014 2:42 PM
       

Conservatives “Win” in the FY15 Omnibus Bill

Below is a list of funding and language that I helped ensure were included in the FY15 omnibus appropriations bill. These items address important national and conservative priorities.

Limitation of Funds for Changes Based on the President’s Budget Request. For years the President has tried to “reprogram” funding to use our tax dollars as he sees fit in his own budget. But it is not within the power of the presidency to determine the national budget, and I have included a provision

at Dec 16, 2014 8:44 AM
       

Collin County Commissioners Court Meeting to Discuss Our Long-Term Transportation Needs

On Monday, December 15, the Collin County Commissioners Court will hear a presentation from the Collin County Director of Engineering Clarence Daugherty.  Mr. Daugherty will recommend an approach to plan for and develop the transportation system that will be required to support our build-out population of over 2 million people.  Also in attendance will be Kelly Selman, Deputy TxDOT District Engineer, and Michael Morris, Director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). There are many factors as we continue to discuss how we will approach our future transportation needs, and I welcome your input.     Read more »

at Dec 15, 2014 9:45 AM
       

Texas House Democrat's Bill Could Impact Hiring of Illegal Immigrants

Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) filed a bill in the Texas House of Representatives to increase fines for employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors when they should rightfully be classified as employees. This technique is often used by companies to work illegal immigrants as independent contractors avoiding the I-9 employment documentation process.   Read more »

at Dec 11, 2014 5:01 PM
       

Bill Filed to Crack Down on Worker Misclassification in Texas Construction Industry

Far too often, construction companies cheat taxpayers and their workers by pretending their employees are independent subcontractors when, by law, they should be paid as employees. It’s a practice known as worker misclassification. Some ethical contractors have called it a “cancer that is eating at the heart of our industry.”

If a person is paid as a subcontractor, that individual is on the hook for payroll taxes and benefits like health insurance. When they’re injured, uninsured workers are often dropped off at county hospitals and the rest of us end up paying more in health costs and local property taxes.   Read more »

at Dec 8, 2014 3:41 PM
       

Pete Sessions Statement on the November Jobs Report

Today I released the following statement regarding the November unemployment report:

While it is always welcome news when some Americans are able to find employment, I believe it is critical that all Americans have the opportunity to find good paying, full time jobs. The facts of our economic reality continue to cause uncertainty and worry

at Dec 5, 2014 3:23 PM
       

What employers need to know about Obama's executive action

ImmigrationWorks USA held a national conference call to discuss President Obama's announcement of an executive action that will grant work permits to up to 4 million unauthorized immigrants – primarily parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents – who will now be allowed to remain in the U.S. legally.   Read more »

at Dec 4, 2014 11:01 AM
       

What voters think on the key points of economic philosophy

Note: Americas Majority Foundation, an organization that I work with, held several polls over the past three months, including post-election polls. In August, the foundation polled 1100 Hispanics, and in a national post-election poll, polled 1000 whites, 1000 blacks and 1000 Hispanics. Finally we polled black and Hispanic voters in New Mexico, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Illinois: states where America's PAC was involved. (We polled 3500 Hispanic voters in three states: Illinois, Wisconsin and New Mexico, and 2800 black voters in two states: Wisconsin and North Carolina.)   Read more »

at Dec 1, 2014 12:03 PM
       

Putting Americans Back to Work

Last week, I voted for H.R.4795, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act. This legislation passed the House by a vote of 238-172.   Read more »

at Nov 29, 2014 8:18 PM
       

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