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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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Senator Paul Bettencourt

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... Read More →
avatar for Scott Drenkard

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 Nor... Read More →
avatar for Senator Craig Estes

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... 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... Read More →


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

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