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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 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Breaking Point: Texas' Property Tax Problem and Finding a Fix

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This panel will examine the accomplishments of the 84th Session, the decision of voters in November 2015, and the ideas that should be focused on during the interim and through the next legislative session.


Moderators
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James Quintero

Director, Center for Local Governance, Texas Public Policy Foundation
James Quintero is the Director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America’s premier conservative think tanks. He’s been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Fox News and Breitbart. | | Since joining the Foundation in 2008, Quintero has focused his research efforts on: state & local government spending, debt, taxes, financial... Read More →

Speakers
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Representative Dennis Bonnen

Texas House of Representatives
Representative Dennis Bonnen serves the 25th Legislative District in the Texas House of Representatives representing southern Brazoria County and all of Matagorda County. First elected to the Legislature in 1996, he began his tenth term of office in January 2015. At the beginning of the 84th Session, Representative Bonnen was appointed by Speaker Straus to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore, acting as presiding officer of the House in the Speaker's... Read More →
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The Honorable Cheryl Johnson

County Tax Assessor Collector, Galveston County Tax Office
Cheryl E. Johnson was elected to the office of Tax Assessor/Collector in the fall of 2004, becoming the first Republican woman to be elected to a county-wide seat in Galveston County.  She was re-elected in 2008 and was unopposed in 2012.  A resident of the Bay Area since 1983, she is a former real estate appraiser and has been active in many charitable and civic organizations throughout the area.  She and her husband Don have two... Read More →
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Dick Lavine

Senior Fiscal Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Dick Lavine is the senior fiscal analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, where he focuses on state and local revenue issues.  CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.  Before coming to the Center in 1994, he was a Senior Researcher at the House Research Organization of the Texas House of... Read More →
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Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

Austin City Councilmember
Ellen Troxclair is honored to serve Southwest Austin, District 8, on the Austin City Council. She brings common sense leadership to City Hall through her dedication to lowering the cost of living and being a voice for taxpayers, while focusing on priorities such as improving mobility, managing growth responsibly, and keeping Southwest Austin a great place to live. When she is not at City Hall or working with constituents in the District, she... Read More →


Thursday January 7, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Salon K

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