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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 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Advancing the Texas Model: Will a Simple Tax System Drive Prosperity?

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The Texas model of low taxes, no individual income tax, moderate regulation, and a good lawsuit climate has generated prosperity for many Texans. Despite these gains, is the state’s tax system with an onerous business franchise tax and burdensome local property taxes the most efficient? Join us as the panel discusses potential improvements to the state’s tax structure so that the budget meets the needs of Texans while providing an environment conducive to the greatest economic opportunity for them to succeed.


Moderators
avatar for Dr. Vance Ginn

Dr. Vance Ginn

Economist, Center for Fiscal Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is an economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, Texas, one of the nation’s top free market, state-level think tanks. He has expertise in fiscal policy and energy economics. | | In 2006, Ginn graduated with honors from Texas Tech University with a B.B.A in economics and accounting and minors in political science and mathematics. After interning for a U.S. Texas... 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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Scott Drenkard

Economist and Director of State Projects, Tax Foundation
Scott is the director of state projects for the Tax Foundation. He is an author of the annual State Business Tax Climate Index and editor of the 2012 and 2013 editions of the popular handbook, Facts & Figures: How Does Your State Compare? In 2013, he co-authored books on North Carolina tax policy and Nebraska tax policy which laid the groundwork for fundamental tax reforms in each state. Scott... Read More →
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Senator Craig Estes

Texas State Senate
Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) represents the 30th Senatorial District located in North Texas and was first elected to the Texas Senate in a 2001 Special Election. The Texas Senate elected him president pro tempore during the 83rd Interim. | | A life-long conservative, Senator Estes is committed to promoting the conservative principles he shares with his constituents in his role as a legislator. Since his election to the Texas Senate... Read More →
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Representative Chris Turner

Texas House of Representatives
State Representative Chris Turner serves the people of House District 101, a rapidly growing and diverse area of Tarrant County, which includes major portions of Arlington and Grand Prairie. During the 84th Legislative Session, Chris was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means, charged with addressing our state's tax policy. In his three terms in the Legislature, Chris has authored several tax-related measures, including... Read More →


Thursday January 7, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Salon K

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