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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
The Untouchables: A Look at Local Retirement Systems Protected by State Law

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Many of Texas’s local retirement systems are in danger of fiscal disaster. The latest data shows we have in excess of $57 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and that number is only continuing to grow. Texas' pension programs are built on the defined benefit model. The panelists will discuss the viability of other options.

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 Roberto Alonzo

Texas House of Representatives
Roberto R. Alonzo was officially sworn in to start his eighth 2-year term as a Texas State Representative for House District 104 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, having been first elected in November 1992, starting his first term during the 73rd Regular Session in 1993. He has also served during the 74th (1995), 78th (2003), 79th (2005) 80th (2007), 81st (2009) and 82nd (2011) Regular Sessions. State Rep. Alonzo serves House District 104 in the... Read More →
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Representative Jim Murphy

Texas House of Representatives
State Representative Jim Murphy represents District 133, West Houston. First elected in 2006, Murphy serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Corrections and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee.  Murphy also serves as Floor Leader for the House Republican Caucus. His legislative accomplishments have earned Jim awards from organizations including the Texas Association of Business, National Coalition for Capitol, Texas Right... Read More →
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Max Patterson

Executive Director, Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems
Max Patterson is the executive director of the Texas Association of Public EmployeeRetirement Systems. Prior to joining TEXPERS, he was the executive director of the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund. He has also served as deputy director in the Finance & Administration Department for the City of Houston and as appointed city treasurer and a fiduciary on the city’s three pension funds. Before coming to Houston, Mr... Read More →
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Bob Williams

President, State Budget Solutions
Bob Williams is President of State Budget Solutions. He is a former state legislator, gubernatorial candidate an auditor with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Bob is a national expert in fiscal and tax policies, election reform and disaster preparedness. Because of his unique experience and expertise, Bob is a frequent guest on talk radio and at public forums. His commentary on state budget solutions appears frequently in... Read More →


Friday January 8, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Salon K

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