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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
Labor Unions in Texas: Fair and Balanced?

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Everyone agrees that workers should be free to join labor unions. But have Texas and federal laws gone too far in giving unions too much power over workers and taxpayers? Should governments function as a dues collector for unions? This panel will examine how to make sure unions remain a legitimate option for workers while ensuring that workers, employers, and taxpayers are free to not to join or support them.

**This panel is CLE accredited**  


Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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Senator Paul Bettencourt

Chairman, Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief, Texas State Senate
Paul Bettencourt is Chief Executive Officer of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC., a Radio and TV personality, former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector from 1998 to 2008, and the current Texas Senator from District 7. At the Tax Office, he introduced “Smart Government” and developed a customer service-driven organization. His team created the first major online Property Tax Payment System and the first county tax office website with... Read More →
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Rick Levy

Secretary-Treasurer, Texas AFL-CIO
Rick Levy is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO. A labor and civil rights lawyer in Texas since 1984, Levy began working for the state federation in 1990 and has been a fierce advocate for working families in the courtroom, in the streets and in the Capitol for the last 31 years. Levy’s union memberships include TSEU/CWA 6186 (since 1986) and Ironworkers Local 482. Levy is a 1978 graduate of Stanford University and 1984 graduate... Read More →
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Annie Spilman

Legislative Director, National Federation of Independent Business – Texas
Annie Spilman joined the Texas office of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in July 2014 and heads up the organization’s public policy and political programs throughout the state. | | Spilman has 15 years of legislative experience, both inside and outside the Texas Capitol. She brings valuable experience in government relations, grassroots organizing, fundraising and direct lobbying to the NFIB/Texas team... Read More →
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Vincent Vernuccio

Director of Labor Policy, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
F. Vincent Vernuccio is director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He is a graduate of the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Mich. Under President George W. Bush he served as special assistant to the assistant secretary for administration and management in the Department of Labor. Vernuccio has published articles and op-eds in such newspapers and magazines as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor’s... Read More →


Thursday January 7, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Salon K

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