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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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Friday, January 8 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Who Benefits? Corporate Welfare in Texas

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The battle in Washington over the Export Import Bank, renewable energy subsidies, and other forms of corporate welfare have brought this issue to life nationally. But what about Texas? What types of corporate welfare are being offered by Texas’s state and local governments? How much does it cost taxpayers? Does corporate welfare benefit anyone besides the corporations?

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Bill Peacock

Vice President of Research & Director, Center for Economic Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Bill Peacock is the vice president of research and the director of the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has been with the Foundation since February 2005. | | Bill directs the research of the Foundation to ensure its accuracy, integrity, and application of free market principles to the issues facing Texas and the nation. His own research focuses on economic freedom and growth, property rights, civil justice... Read More →

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Senator Konni Burton

Texas State Senate
Born in Kerrville, Konni was raised in the small South Texas town of Banquete where her father was the high school principal and mother was the school secretary. Konni attended the University of North Texas, where she graduated with a BBA in Marketing and met her husband Phil—also a graduate of UNT. Konni and Phil married and moved to Tarrant County. Before long, her entrepreneurial spirit drove her to open a wedding consulting... Read More →
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Chris Wallace

President, Texas Association of Business
Chris Wallace, IOM, CCE is President of the Texas Association of Business, the state chamber of commerce.  In this role, he manages TAB’s statewide team responsible for strategy, operations, membership/marketing, as well as board and chamber relations.  Prior to joining the TAB team, Wallace was the President/CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, the third largest chamber of commerce in North Texas and the first... Read More →
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Councilman Don Zimmerman

Austin City Councilmember
Council Member Don Zimmerman is a software engineer who is best known for his efforts to fight various tax proposals.  In 2002, Zimmerman was elected president of the Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District (MUD) No. 1, where he waged a legal battle against a practice that he maintained was unlawful—combining City property taxes and (MUD) property taxes. Zimmerman won when a court sided with the MUD, thereby successfully... Read More →

Friday January 8, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 616

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