America's two most populous states take dramatically different approaches to making economic policy. California has the nation's highest top marginal tax rate, while Texas doesn't have an income tax. Every 1 in 3 Californians have health insurance through Medicaid, but only 1 in 6 Texans do. Both states are betrayed by their electric grids during extreme events, yet California and Texas manage those problems differently.
The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) will co-host academics, business leaders and policymakers to discuss these differing policy approaches and their impact on the economics and well-being of both states.
Panel discussions will include:
- Tax Policy: Chuck DeVore, Lenny Mendonca, and Christina Kent
- Energy Policy: Michael Webber, Frank Wolak, and Sheila Olmstead
- Health Policy: Sandra R. Hernández, Mark McClellan, and Mark Duggan