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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 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Spending vs. Taxation: Does the Conservative Texas Budget Meet the Needs of Texans?

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A child’s education is one of the many things that can’t get funded unless the state’s budget is passed, making passing a budget arguably the most important thing a legislator does. Given that the 84th Texas Legislature passed a budget increase of less than population growth plus inflation, does this constitute a conservative budget and can it meet the needs of Texans? Join the Center for Fiscal Policy’s session with budget experts who will discuss these issues and more.

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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 →

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Representative Greg Bonnen

Texas House of Representatives
Dr. Greg Bonnen, a practicing physician, small businessman, and longtime resident of Galveston County, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2012. Representative Bonnen has resided in Galveston County for more than twenty years since attending UTMB in 1988. After finishing his medical education with high honors, Representative Bonnen completed his residency in neurosurgery and served as assistant professor at UTMB... Read More →
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Representative Donna Howard

Texas House of Representatives
Representative Donna Howard has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2006. She is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and sits on its Article III Subcommittee which oversees education spending in the state budget. Donna is also a longtime member of the House Higher Education Committee — on which she currently serves as Vice-Chair — and the House Administration Committee. A native of Austin, Donna earned... Read More →
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Bob Williams

President, State Budget Solutions
Bob Williams is President of State Budget Solutions. He is a former state legislator, gubernatorial candidate an auditor with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Bob is a national expert in fiscal and tax policies, election reform and disaster preparedness. Because of his unique experience and expertise, Bob is a frequent guest on talk radio and at public forums. His commentary on state budget solutions appears frequently in... Read More →

Wednesday January 6, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
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