Vance Ginn, PhD, is chief economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan research institute in Austin.

My name is Vance Ginn, and I am chief economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of HB 819, which would create pilot programs to encourage opportunities to flourish in disadvantaged areas by reducing governmental barriers to work and get an education. The areas in Texas targeted by HB 819 are often dis- proportionately burdened by high regulations like occupational licenses and by high taxes like the business franchise tax, also known as the margins tax. Thus, these areas would benefit greatly by reducing and removing those barriers to unleash Texans’ desire and opportunities to flourish.

Testimony Submitted for HB 819 to the Texas House International Relations & Economic Development Committee