Testimonies and Speeches

The NCPA has a highly effective office in Washington, D.C. that sponsors Capitol Hill briefings, conferences and testimony by NCPA experts before congressional committees. The NCPA serves as a source of "outside the Beltway" thinking for Capitol Hill deliberations.

  • Mar 12, 2009

    MARK-TO-MARKET ACCOUNTING: Practices and Implications

    When I moved to Texas in 1991, someone gave me a little book of Texas wisdom titled, "Don't Squat with Your Spurs On." Among its nuggets of wisdom was this one: "No matter who says what, if it don't make sense, don't believe it." What's been going on with mark-to-market accounting doesn't make sense to me.


  • Feb 04, 2009

    Health Care Reform In A Struggling Economy: What Is On The Horizon For Small Business?

    This Committee knows better than most that small business employees are much less likely to have access to employer-sponsored health coverage than the employees of larger firms. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation...


  • Jan 29, 2009

    Reducing Cost And Improving Quality

    The market for medical care does not work like other markets. Providers typically do not disclose prices prior to treatment because they do not compete for patients based on price. Payments are usually not made by patients themselves but by third parties - employers, insurance companies or government.


  • Sep 16, 2008

    Comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the Environmental Protection Agency

    Although the ANPR seeks to assess the effectiveness of the Clean Air Act (CAA) as a vehicle to regulate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, we believe it suffers from several defects. We recognize that the EPA is precluded by law from considering the costs of its actions when deciding whether to issue an endangerment finding and subsequently regulate a pollutant.


  • Apr 09, 2008

    Electric Power For Texas: Economic And Environmental Considerations

    Texas has prospered in recent years. The state's population and economy have grown at a steady pace, and estimates are that this growth will continue. However, as I argued in a recent study published by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, continued economic growth, and the prosperity it brings and spreads, relies upon continued growth in available power.