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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 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Do Property Rights Help the Poor? Affordable Housing in Texas

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While the cost of living is much more affordable in Texas than other large states, there are still places where housing costs are high, including Austin. This panel will examine the extent of the housing problem in Texas, and determine if there is a link between housing costs and local government regulations on land use.

Moderators
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Kathleen Hunker

Policy Analyst, Center for Economic Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Kathleen Hunker is a senior policy analyst with the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She is also a managing editor of the Foundation’s research and publications. | | During her time at the Foundation, Hunker has testified nearly two-dozen times before the Texas Legislature and has become a respected expert on the law surrounding consumer protection, property rights, and the Texas civil court system. | | A... Read More →

Speakers
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Representative Diego Bernal

Texas House of Representatives
Representative Diego Bernal was born in South Texas and raised in San Antonio. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in the city's west side, he attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree, Master's in Social Work, and law degree. As a social worker, he helped young gang members in Detroit transition out of a rough life and into school or the workforce. He continued this work in Harlingen, Texas with... Read More →
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Randal O’Toole

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Randal O’Toole is a Cato Institute Senior Fellow working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues. O’Toole’s research on national forest management, culminating in his 1988 book, Reforming the Forest Service, has had a major influence on Forest Service policy and on-the-ground management. His analysis of urban land-use and transportation issues, brought together in his 2001 book, The Vanishing Automobile... Read More →
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Phyllis Snodgrass

CEO, Austin Habitat for Humanity
Phyllis Snodgrass has been a leader in community engagement for almost two decades. During her 17 year Chamber of Commerce Career, she served as President/CEO of three local chambers. She then went on to become VP of Chamber Relations for the Texas Association of Business, furthering their mission to make Texas the best business climate on the planet. Phyllis spent four years as the COO of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce before coming into... Read More →
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Geoffrey Tahuahua

Vice President of Public Policy, Home Builders Association of Greater Austin
Geoffrey Tahuahua (ta-wa-wa) became Vice President of Public Policy for the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin (HBA) in June 2015. In addition to representing the HBA to over 30 municipalities in 6 counties, Geoffrey also advises the association's political action committee on strategy and selecting candidates to support. A graduate of St. Mary's University, Geoffrey has over 8 years of experience in politics and government with... Read More →


Friday January 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Meeting Room 616

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