Don't miss this 30-min episode on state of #Texas economy with moderator Dennis McCuistion with guests: Economist Ray Perryman, SMU Professor Cal Jillson, and me. We discuss jobs, education, fiscal policy, & more!
Here's the webpage's blurb about the episode:
Overall the Texas economy is sound and from 2005-2015 has been among the national leaders in economic output and personal income gains. Despite its reputation as a predominantly energy state, Texas’ businesses and industries are among the most diversified in the U.S. which position the state to better withstand economic downturns .
Joining Host Dennis McCuistion to talk about the state of the economy and offer projections for its future are:
Job creation is high and industry is sound. Technology and healthcare are also doing well; we have a young workforce and more corporate expansions are setting the tone for the entire economy. Texas is America’s job engine. In 2007- 2017 one out of every four jobs was created in Texas, a state that has less than 10% of the population. The Texas model supports prosperity, with the highest economic freedom of almost all states. Unemployment is under 5%., better than all comparable states- including New York, Florida, and California.
However, some of Texas’ workforce measures have plenty of room for improvement, especially the share of its labor force without a high school diploma. Education is an issue. Texas ranks #1 in workforce factors and 34 in education.
While Texas was among the national leaders in economic output and personal income gains from 2005-2015, its share of the population living in poverty, remains above the national average.
Texas’ uninsured rate was 17.1 percent in 2015, nearly double the U.S. rate of 9.4 percent
The 2015 home ownership rate in Texas was 61.9 percent, the ninth-lowest rate among states.
Join our experts to hear their input about our present tax structure, education, water, technology and climate issues and some of the other challenges down the road as well as potential solutions.
Be sure to watch more McCuistion TV programs on our website, www.McCuistionTV.com.
Texas School Finance Summit at TPPF Discusses Education Spending, Funding, and Reforms
The Texas School Finance Summit was recently hosed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Texans for Education Opportunity, EdChoice and Reason Foundation.
The purpose of the event included the following: To provide students with a 21st century education, Texas needs to modernize its broken school finance system. As the state’s school finance commission prepares to convene, now is the time to begin looking forward to the future of education funding in Texas.
Here are links to a video of each panel with a list of panelists:
AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation announced that Dr. Vance Ginn will serve as the director of the newly created Center for Economic Prosperity.
“Dr. Vance Ginn is one of the brightest economic minds in Texas,” said Dr. Kevin Roberts, executive vice president of TPPF. “This transition will give him an even larger platform from which to advocate for prosperity, liberty, and flourishing in Texas and beyond.”
A former university lecturer, Dr. Ginn’s passion for teaching carries through in his work today as he seeks to help Texans understand the real-life ways government policies affect them.
“It’s an honor to direct the Foundation’s new Center for Economic Prosperity,” said Dr. Ginn. “I am committed to conducting research based on free market economic principles and examining ways economic liberty can help individuals achieve their unique goals and dreams. I’m blessed to work with such intelligent and caring individuals here at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and look forward to contributing to our continued success in helping individuals and families prosper.”
Dr. Ginn is a first generation college graduate, eventually earning his Ph.D. in economics from Texas Tech University, and has published papers in academic journals.
Bill Peacock, who formally directed the Center for Economic Freedom, is now vice president of research for TPPF.
This press release can be found online here. The Center's research can be found here.
For more information or to request an interview with Dr. Ginn, please contact Alicia Pierce at email@example.com or 512-472-2700.
Kevin Roberts, Ph.D., is executive vice president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Economic Prosperity and Senior Economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Bill Peacock is vice president of research of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
TheTexas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit free-market research institute based in Austin. The Texas Public Policy Foundation aims to advance a societal framework that effectively fosters human flourishing based upon cooperation and mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and speech.
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Vance Ginn, Ph.D.