Category: Commentary

Vedder: Higher ed’s ‘Robin Hood’ pricing brings vigorous price discrimination

A recent Richard Vedder column discusses higher education’s “Robin Hood” pricing whereby the costs students pay for tuition, room and board fees reflect a differential reminiscent of the legendary outlaw whose rob-the-rich-give-to-the-poor activities were a precursor for what’s known today as income redistribution. As college costs continue to rise, the value of the product delivered Keep Reading…


Pay attention in class: Texas public education makes it more important than ever

Red Hot Conservative has gathered much good information and analysis of what’s happening in Texas public schools.  A recent post entitled The Destruction of Texas Education! PARENTS WAKE UP! discusses a “Creating a New Vision for Texas Public Education” program that in seeking to “transform” Texas education stirs ever-present concerns regarding both fiscal and ideological Keep Reading…


Travis County offers new contract, old terms for gun show contract renewal (TX)

Travis County commissioners are once again trying to renew a contract with Saxet Gun Shows so the company will  continue using the county’s Exposition Center for eight scheduled gun shows. Still present, however, the county’s requirement that non-licensed sellers conduct background checks, a requirement unlikely to be conceded. A year ago, weeks after the Newtown, Keep Reading…


Taxpayer-funded lawsuits ahead? Temple vows to fight disclosure in alleged police abuse case (TX)

The city of Temple is vowing to fight an Attorney General’s office ruling requiring the city’s release of information requested by the Temple Daily Telegram in a public records request related to a May 18, 2013, encounter with Temple police which left 15-year-old Lorenzo Martinez with a broken collar bone. Martinez was never arrested, no Keep Reading…


Austin City Council approves new housing ‘visitability’ requirements (TX)

Austin’s cost of living is moving upward and an ordinance amendment passed last week by the Austin City Council requiring new visitability requirements for residential single family and duplex construction seems destined to help maintain that trend. Per, the council and staff have spent two years developing this new policy that passed 6-1 with Keep Reading…

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