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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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Wednesday, January 6 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Government and Poverty: Do Our Policies Help or Hurt?

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Government has a range of policies designed to help the poor. Do these programs work? What is the best way to lift up those in poverty? Some claim that a rising wealth gap points to an inherent problem with free markets while others point to government itself as the source of the problem. What approach helps the most people to live the American Dream?

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The Honorable Chuck DeVore

Vice President of National Initiatives, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Since 2011, Chuck DeVore has been with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and is its Vice President of National Initiatives. | | From 2004 to 2010, Chuck DeVore represented almost 500,000 people in the California State Assembly in coastal Orange County. He was the Vice Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and served on the Budget Committee as well. | In 2010, Chuck competed for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate... Read More →

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Alan Graham

President & CEO, Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Alan Graham is the president and founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a social profit enterprise that delivers meals to homeless and working poor people on the streets of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, Providence, Rhode Island, New Bedford Massachusetts and Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Additionally, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is involved in providing housing to the homeless through its Community First! program by purchasing gently used... Read More →
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Fred McMahon

Resident Research Fellow, Fraser Institute
Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom. He manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and coordinates the Economic Freedom Network, an international alliance of independent think tanks in over 90 nations and territories. He is the co-author of Economic Freedom of North America: Annual Report and Economic Freedom of the Arab World: Annual Report. His... 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 →

Wednesday January 6, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
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