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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
Limits or No Limits: Will Budget Restrictions Alter Growth in Our State?

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How should the Texas Legislature effectively limit taxpayers’ cost of funding more state spending? Is the current tax and expenditure limit (TEL) effective? What reforms could be made to the spending limit that would better match the state’s budget with the needs of the state? Join us as our panelists discuss these questions and more about the costs and benefits of the state’s TEL.


Moderators
avatar for The Honorable Talmadge Heflin

The Honorable Talmadge Heflin

Director, Center for Fiscal Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Honorable Talmadge Heflin is the Director of the Foundation’s Center for Fiscal Policy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Heflin served the people of Harris County as a state representative for 11 terms. Well regarded as a legislative leader on budget and tax issues by Democratic and Republican speakers alike, he for several terms was the only House member to serve on both the Ways and Means and Appropriations committees. | | In the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Senator Kelly Hancock

Senator Kelly Hancock

Texas State Senate
First elected to the Texas Senate in 2012, Kelly Hancock represents Senate District 9, which includes portions of Tarrant and Dallas Counties. He previously served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. In both chambers, he has advocated for core conservative values of limited government, lower taxes, and strong family values. | | For more than a decade, conservative leaders have supported state budget spending limit reform. Senator... Read More →
avatar for Ursula Parks

Ursula Parks

Director, Legislative Budget Board
Ursula Parks is the Director of the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB). Ms. Parks has been on the staff of the LBB since 1993. During her tenure at the LBB, Ms. Parks has worked in various capacities including a budget analyst, a budget team manager, an assistant director, and the agency's deputy director.  Ms. Parks has been directly involved in the development of budget and policy recommendations for numerous state agencies and... Read More →
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Dr. Barry W. Poulson

Emeritus Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Barry W. Poulson is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado. He has been a Visiting Professor at several Universities including, Universidad Autonomo De Guadalajara, Mexico; University of North Carolina; Cambridge University; Konan University, Kobe Japan; and Universidad Carlos Tercera, Madrid, Spain.  He is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of economic development and economic history. His... Read More →


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

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