AUSTIN – Washington has recently grappled with the question of corporate welfare, but what about Texas? To examine what types of welfare are being offered to Texas’s state and local governments and the cost to taxpayers, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Economic Freedom will host the panel “Who Benefits: Corporate Welfare in Texas” at the 14th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature on Thursday, January 8, 2016 at 9:30 am CST at the Hilton Austin Hotel in Meeting Room 616.

“The battles over the Export Import Bank, renewable energy subsidies, and Formula 1 Racing  have brought corporate welfare to the attention of many Texans. However, it is difficult for Texans to get all the facts about government economic development subsidies. Our panel of experts will examine the various aspects of corporate welfare and whether the details about them should  be made fully subject to open records and public information laws, like other government programs.”
Panelists include:

  • Senator Konni Burton, Texas State Senate
  • Representative Angie Chen Button, Texas House of Representatives
  • Councilmember Don Zimmerman, Austin City Councilmember
  • Bill Peacock, Vice President of Research & Director, Center for Economic Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation (Moderator) 

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. This year’s program includes more than 35 panel discussions and debates on the major issues affecting Texas’ future. 
Members of the public and media who wish to attend may register and view the agenda at:
Keynote and plenary sessions will be livestreamed at:

Bill Peacock is vice president of research and director of the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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

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