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Posted Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010  Print Reprints

Texas education board says government can stifle free enterprise

Ken Mercer, a member of the State Board of Education, wants Texas students to know about both the good and the bad that government can offer, he said Thursday.

So, he introduced an amendment to state social studies curriculum standards that said: "understand how government taxation and regulations can serve as restriction to private enterprise."

He said the students need to know that over-regulation and over-taxation can inhibit innovation and stifle industry.

His fellow member, Terri Leo, agreed. She said it's especially important today, with issues like cap-and-trade and "policies that are based on supposed global warming theories."

The amendment passed.

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