Could restorative justice - also known as victim/offender mediation - work as an option for punishment of low-level crimes? The Texas Public Policy Foundation's recent report "Reviving Restorative Justice: A Blueprint for Texas" suggests yes. Derek Cohen explains and discusses the reasoning behind an approach that emphasizes the offender's debt to the victim rather than the offender's debt to the state.
Some fiscal conservatives support drawing on the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, often called the "Rainy Day Fund," to fund the state's water projects. The question of allocating funds from this source will be on Texas ballots on Nov. 5. However, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Austin, opposes the measure. Josiah Neeley of the foundation describes some of his organization's views on the ballot initiative.