11:00 a.m.
Panel I: Learning from Others: Pension Reform Efforts from Around the U.S.
An examination of pension reform efforts from around the nation to learn from the example of others.

  • Leonard Gilroy, Reason Foundation
  • Jonathan Small, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs 
  • Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute
  • Marcia Fritz, President and founding board member, California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility
  • James Hohnman, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
  • Moderated by Pete Constant, former San Jose Councilmember and current Executive Director of the Retirement Security Initiative

12:15 p.m.
Keynote Lunch with The Honorable Chuck Reed, former mayor of San Jose
2:15 p.m.
Panel II: Are Pension Problems Brewing in the Lone Star State?
An in-depth look into the policy landscape in Texas to determine what problems exist, if any, and the ideal solution(s) to put forward in the next legislative session.

  • Representative Jim Murphy
  • John Diamond, Rice University Kelly Fellow in Public Finance
  • Tim Lee, Texas Retired Teachers Association
  • Max Patterson, TEXPERS
  • Moderated by Bill Hammond, Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Association of Business

3:45 p.m.
Panel III: Keeping the Promise: Is it Time to Modernize Texas’ Pension Systems?
An exploration of the efforts to modernize Texas’ state and local retirement systems through transitioning from defined benefit system to a defined contribution model.

  • Senator Paul Bettencourt
  • Bill King, former Houston mayoral candidate
  • Ronnie Jung, Texans for Secure Retirement
  • Joe Arnall, former member of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Keith Brainard, National Association of State Retirement Administrators
  • Moderated by James Quintero, TPPF
All panels and keynote lunch with be live-streamed on our website: txpo.li/TPPFlive

For more information and to register, please visit: http://txpo.li/2fLtjqe
For more information on Texas' pension system, please visit: http://thinklocalliberty.com/

 Registration for the 2017 Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature is now open to media and the public! 

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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