Tribpedia: Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) is a conservative, non-profit think tank based in Austin founded by James Leininger in 1989.

The foundation conducts research to promote free-market policies among Texas lawmakers and to influence the public policy debate in the state, according to its Web site. The foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.

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Paxton intervenes in Austin labor agreement with firefighters

Attorney General Ken Paxton delivers an opening luncheon keynote at the Texas Public Policy Foundation At The Crossroads Energy and Climate Policy Summit on Nov. 19, 2015.
Attorney General Ken Paxton delivers an opening luncheon keynote at the Texas Public Policy Foundation At The Crossroads Energy and Climate Policy Summit on Nov. 19, 2015.

Reaching into yet another battle over local control, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton intervened in a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Austin’s labor agreement with the Austin Firefighters Association.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.

Patrick: School Choice A Top Priority in 2017

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday vowed to pass a bigger and better tax credit scholarship program — and possibly other school choice legislation — out of the Senate in 2017 and this time get it to the Governor's desk.

Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Policy Orientation conference on Jan. 9, 2015.
Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Policy Orientation conference on Jan. 9, 2015.

Perry: Three Things I Would Do as President

Gov. Rick Perry joked about his "oops" moment when asked Friday for the first three things he would do as president to strengthen the U.S. economy.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (right) and House Speaker Joe Straus listened to testimony on the cost of the continuing border surge during the Legislative Budget Board hearing's on Dec.1, 2014.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (right) and House Speaker Joe Straus listened to testimony on the cost of the continuing border surge during the Legislative Budget Board hearing's on Dec.1, 2014.

Tighter Spending Cap May Keep Billions Out of Budget

Depending on your political leanings, the spending cap state lawmakers set this week was either too low, too high or just right. Regardless, the arcane measure could effectively block lawmakers from accessing billions of dollars in state revenue.

Leander ISD's Whitestone Elementary School, shown on Aug. 21, 2014, has six portable classrooms to help with increased student enrollment.  District officials say If the district couldn't use capital appreciation bonds to borrow money, it would have to put more students in portables.
Leander ISD's Whitestone Elementary School, shown on Aug. 21, 2014, has six portable classrooms to help with increased student enrollment. District officials say If the district couldn't use capital appreciation bonds to borrow money, it would have to put more students in portables.

Swelling Districts Find Costly Way to Grow Campuses

Leander and other fast-growing school districts have relied heavily on a controversial financing tool called capital appreciation bonds to borrow money to expand even as they bump up against state limits on school district debt. 

Clockwise, from top left: University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Gov. Rick Perry; state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; UT System Board Vice Chairman Gene Powell; and UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.
Clockwise, from top left: University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall; Gov. Rick Perry; state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; UT System Board Vice Chairman Gene Powell; and UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa.

Admissions Investigation Preceded by Years of Tension

A recent announcement that the University of Texas System will commission an external investigation into the admissions process at the University of Texas at Austin is only the latest chapter in an ongoing, tension-filled saga. 

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, have both made education a central point in their gubernatorial bids.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, have both made education a central point in their gubernatorial bids.

Abbott, Davis Go After the Education Vote Differently

The two leading candidates for governor are making education a talking point in their campaigns. Attorney General Greg Abbott is exploring charter schools and virtual learning, while state Sen. Wendy Davis is focused on teacher recruitment.

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst answer questions from the media after a series of education bill signings on June 10, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst answer questions from the media after a series of education bill signings on June 10, 2013.

Amid Criticism, Perry Defends State Budget

Gov. Rick Perry is pushing back against conservative critics who say the state budget is growing too fast. Perry is still analyzing the budget legislation, but his defense of it was the clearest signal yet that he plans to sign the two-year, $197 billion appropriations bill into law.