The Texas Public Policy’s (TPPF) Center for Local Governance will host the panel, “Invisible Government: Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones in Houston,” at the 15th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature on Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. CST at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. The panelists will examine the special purpose district type called tax increment reinvestment zones (TIRZs) and the possible reforms needed.“Tax increment reinvestment zones, or TIRZs, have come under increased scrutiny, with allegations of abuse in their creation and governance,” said Bryan Mathew, policy analyst for the Center for Local Governance. “Texans are demanding that these invisible governments step forward into the light. This panel will examine TIRZ practices and explore appropriate avenues of reform.”
For over fourteen 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 to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America.

Members of the public and media who wish to attend may register and view the agenda at:

Keynote and select sessions will be livestreamed at: 

Bryan Mathew is a policy analyst with the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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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