Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank based in Austin, Texas, has in recent years become influential in state politics. 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." The Foundation notes that its guiding principles are "individual liberty, personal responsibility, private property rights, free markets and limited government."
The Texas Public Policy Foundation was initially founded and funded in 1989 by James R. Leininger. Today, the Foundation's board of directors includes nearly two dozen men and women from around the state. TPPF was originally based in San Antonio, and moved to Austin in 2003.
TPPF is organized into issue-area centers: Health Care, Education, Higher Education, Fiscal, Economic Freedom, Natural Resources and Effective Justice. These centers issue research reports and briefing papers monthly.
TPPF hosts an annual conference known as the "Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature," which draws in excess of 600 attendees.
During the year, the organization hosts monthly policy events, known as "Policy Primers," covering a range of issues.
"Texas Budget Source"
Texas Budget Source is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation with the goal of providing 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.
TexasHigherEd.com provides important information about the cost and quality of higher education in Texas, and attempts to "dispel the many myths that prevent our institutions of higher education from becoming the student-focused centers of learning that we should all demand."