Texas Public Policy Foundation
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2012)|
The stated mission of TPPF is to , "improve Texas government by generating academically sound research and data on state issues, and by recommending the findings to opinion leaders, policy makers, the media and general public." TPPF notes that its guiding principles are "individual liberty, personal responsibility, private property rights, free markets and limited government".
TPPF was initially founded and funded in 1989 by James R. Leininger, a physician, businessman and Christian activist from San Antonio, Texas. Today, the Foundation's  board of directors includes fifteen individuals from around the state. Originally based in San Antonio, the organization was relocated in 2003 to Austin to be near the state capitol.
TPPF is organized into eight issue-area centers, which issue research reports and briefing papers on a periodic basis (usually monthly):
- Anne & Tobin Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment (formerly Center for Natural Resources Policy)
- Center for Economic Freedom
- Center for Education Policy
- Center for Effective Justice
- Center for Fiscal Policy
- Center for Health Care Policy
- Center for Higher Education
- Center for Tenth Amendment Studies
The Foundation also is home to the Laffer Center for Supply-Side Economics, dedicated to preserving and promoting the core tenets of supply-side economics. The Laffer Center bears the name of Dr. Arthur Laffer, one of President Ronald Reagan’s chief economic advisors and a trusted advisor to federal officials, governors, and international political leaders for more than 40 years.
During the year, TPPF hosts monthly policy events ("Policy Primers") covering a range of issues, and an annual conference ("Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature") that draws in excess of 600 attendees.
Among its projects is TexasBudgetSource.com, the goal of which is to provide a single source for information on state and local budgets and spending in an effort to bring greater transparency to government spending. TexasBudgetSource.com not only provides links to existing publications and data released by state agencies and local governments, but also provides unique analysis that puts government budgets and spending in context. Another notable project of TPPF was Thinking Economically, a series of 10 publications created by Arthur Laffer and issued during 2008 intended to be "a basic economic education for policymakers, the media, and the general public." TPPF additionally conducts the Right on Crime initiative, an effort to replace mass incarceration with more cost-effective and humane sentencing and criminal punishment.
- Brooke Rollins, President
- Arlene Wohlgemuth, Executive Director and Director, Center for Health Care Policy
- Bill Peacock, Vice President of Research and Director, Center for Economic Freedom
- Shari Hanrahan, Vice President of Outreach
- Joshua Treviño, Vice President of Communications
- Jordan Brownwood, Communications Manager
- John Davidson, Policy Analyst, Center for Health Care Policy
- The Honorable Chuck DeVore, Vice President for Communications and Senior Fellow for Fiscal Policy
- Nancy Druart, Publications Manager
- Sarah French, Director of Development
- James Golsan, Policy Analyst, Center for Education Policy
- David Guenthner, Senior Communications Director
- Former State Representative Talmadge Heflin, Director of the Center for Fiscal Policy
- Kristen Indriago, Deputy Communications Director
- Michael Joyce, Director of Events
- Jeremy Kee, Office Administrator
- Marc Levin, Director, Center for Effective Justice
- Thomas Lindsay, Ph.D., Director, Center for Higher Education
- Mario Loyola, Director, Center for Tenth Amendment Studies
- Nathan Macias, Senior policy analyst for the Center for Economic Freedom; former District 73 state representative
- Jeanette Moll, Juvenile Justice Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice
- Josiah Neeley, Policy Analyst, Center for Tenth Amendment Studies & Center for Energy & the Environment
- James Quintero, Policy Analyst, Center for Fiscal Policy
- Vikrant Reddy, Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice
- Rikki Risinger, Accounting & Operations Manager
- Greg Sindelar, Director of Operations
- Michael Quinn Sullivan, Media and government affairs specialist and Vice President (2001-2006); president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
- Joshua Treviño, Vice President for External Relations
- Kathleen Hartnett White, Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment
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