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For over thirteen years, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation has been one of the nation’s top policy conferences, selling out each year while bringing together lawmakers, policy experts, and engaged citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America. 

Policy Orientation 2016 will be held January 6-8 at the Hilton Austin. For more information and to register, please visit policyorientation.com.
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Thursday, January 7 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
After the Fall: How Will Texas Protect Its Citizens From the National-Debt Crisis?

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With the national debt standing at roughly $18 trillion, there will come the time when the ability of the federal government to maintain its current funding to states will lessen or even cease. To avoid a nightmare scenario for Texas when this contraction occurs—and to fulfill the intentions of the Tenth Amendment, and with it, the rightful duties of Texas’ statewide officeholders—an accounting must be made of the amounts, purposes, and conditions governing all federal funds to the state presently. The panelists will propose measures to accomplish this purpose.

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Dr. Thomas Lindsay

Director, Center for Higher Education & Center for Tenth Amendment Studies, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Tom Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Foundation’s Center for Higher Education. He has more than two decades’ experience in education management and instruction, including service as a dean, provost, and college president. | | In 2006, Lindsay joined the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) staff as director of the agency’s signature initiative, We the People, which supports teaching and scholarship in American... Read More →

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The Honorable Susan Combs

Principal, Texans for Positive Economic Prosperity
Susan Combs knows that the answer is in the numbers. Throughout her career of public service, she has transformed government by emphasizing facts and figures over emotion and partisan passion. Her insistence on good data was a hallmark of her terms as a state representative, Texas’ first woman Agriculture Commissioner, and Texas Comptroller and Treasurer. Having stepped out of the political spotlight, she continues to apply her bedrock... Read More →
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Representative Matt Krause

Texas House of Representatives
Matt was born in Tyler, TX, where his father was a youth pastor at Green Acres Baptist Church. He is a constitutional attorney, college professor of American history and government, and public speaker on America's Founding Fathers. He and his business partner also work with financial institutions, businesses, non-profits, and churches on ways to creatively reward and retain key employees and also putting in place transition plans for those... Read More →
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Mario Loyola

Fellow, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty
Mario Loyola is a fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and he is a frequent visiting fellow at New York University School of Law. He has taught negotiations at the University of Texas School of Law and currently teaches at George Mason University School of Law. He writes regularly on international relations, in addition to public policy, federalism, and constitutional law. He is a... Read More →

Thursday January 7, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Meeting Room 616

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