News

News 8 Austin

Business group redoubles efforts to keep Texas competitive

  • Is Texas losing its reputation as one of the most business-friendly states in the nation?
  • The state’s most powerful business lobby group says it’s committed to that not happening after a legislative session fraught with challenges to the business community.

Read More…


KXAN

Texas Association of Business grades state senators, representatives

  • The state’s largest business organization released its rankings of Texas lawmakers. The report card was calculated based on the business impact of the votes recorded by each member of the Texas House and Senate.
  • Twelve senators and 75 representatives “made the grade,” according to the Texas Association of Business. Only Rep. Oscar Longoria, D-Mission, received a 100 percent score.
  • Read More…


    San Antonio Express News

    Biz group will continue to oppose bathroom bill, anti-business legislation

  • After fighting with the state’s governor and lieutenant governor over a ban on sanctuary cities and the bathroom bill, the state’s most powerful business lobby group made it clear Tuesday that they intend to ramp up their lobby efforts to keep anti-business legislation from passing in 2018 and beyond.
  • “From time to time, we’re going to publicly agree with our legislative leaders and at times we’re going to disagree,” said Jeff Moseley, CEO of the Texas Association of Business. “The business community in Texas is very motivated right now to be involved in the political process.”
  • Read More…


    Dallas Morning News

    Business group to Texas lawmakers: Stop focusing on issues like the ‘bathroom bill’

  • Texas lawmakers spent too much time this year debating bathrooms and immigration, and took their eyes off some matters vital to economic growth, such as phasing out the business-franchise tax and easing road congestion, the head of the state’s top business lobbying group said Tuesday.
  • Texas Association of Business chief executive Jeff Moseley, releasing a scorecard (http://www.txbiz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/85_FOR_THE_RECORD.pdf) that rates each lawmaker based on selected votes, said his group was pleased to help block a bill that would require transgender Texans to use restrooms that match their gender at birth. It was sorry lawmakers went too far in adding a “show me your papers” provision to a new law banning sanctuary city policies (https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2017/05/02/deal-soften-sanctuary-cities-bill-fell-apart-leaving-political-bloodbath-house-floor) that prohibit police and sheriff’s deputies from asking people about their immigration status.
  • Read More…


    Austin America Statesman

    Texas Association of Business ranks best, worst state legislators

  • The state’s largest business lobbying group vowed Tuesday to help mobilize support for pro-business candidates for the Texas Legislature in the wake of this year’s regular and special sessions, where it often found itself on the defensive while social conservatives steered the agenda.
  • “The business community is motivated to become very involved in the primaries,” said Jeff Moseley, chief executive of the Texas Association of Business. “Our members are more energized than they’ve ever been.”
  • Read More…


    My High Plains

    Texas Association of Business Grades State Senators, Representatives

  • The state’s largest business organization released its rankings of Texas lawmakers. The report card was calculated based on the business impact of the votes recorded by each member of the Texas House and Senate.
  • Twelve senators and 75 representatives “made the grade,” according to the Texas Association of Business (http://www.txbiz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/85_FOR_THE_RECORD.pdf) . Only Rep. Oscar Longoria, D-Mission, received a 100 percent score for his “pro-business” voting record on the seventeen bills used to determine the grades.
  • Read More…


    Houston Chronicle

    Biz group: Will continue to oppose bathroom bill, anti-business legislation

  • After fighting with the state’s governor and lieutenant governor over a ban on sanctuary cities and the bathroom bill, the state’s most powerful business lobby group made it clear Tuesday that they intend to ramp up their lobby efforts to keep other anti-business legislation from passing in 2018 and beyond.
  • They acknowledge that could put them at loggerheads with Texas’ Republican leadership again.
  • Read More…