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Texas Association of Business Names First Hispanic Board Chairman

A San Antonio business leader has taken the helm of the board of directors at the Texas Association of Business, the largest business advocacy group in the Lone Star State — and, increasingly, one focused on making sure the voices of business are heard at the Texas State Capitol.

Zachry Group Vice President of External Affairs A.J. Rodriguez was recently elected to the position at TAB, which is headquartered in Austin but represents companies across the state. Rodriguez is based in San Antonio.

Serving a one-year term that started on New Year’s Day, Rodriguez succeeds Gary Gibson, chief financial officer of Houston-based Star Furniture Co.

“It is a great time to be doing business in Texas,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “With participation, investment, and support from Texas business leaders, I have no doubt we will be able to continue TAB’s excellent record as the voice of public policy for Texas businesses in Austin and D.C.”

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Texas Job Growth ‘Firing On All Cylinders,’ Says Fed

Texas had a 3.8 percent unemployment rate in November, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ 2018 economic forecast. It is the lowest rate they have seen they started monitoring it in 1976.

Dallas Fed’s vice president and senior economist Keith Phillips said in 2017 the state’s job growth was 2.5 percent, but next year it will grow more quickly at 3 percent, adding 366,000 jobs. Phillips described Texas as “hitting on all cylinders” with broad-based growth driven largely by energy and manufacturing.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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 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 that prohibit police and sheriff’s deputies from asking people about their immigration status.

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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.”

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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 . 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.

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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.

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News 4 SAN ANTONIO

State and Local leaders discuss fate of NAFTA

  • Monday’s hearing had special significance because this location off South Alamo street downtown is where more than 20 years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed.
  • “Certainly its working for Texas, I am interested when people say there are winners and losers in NAFTA, I am wondering where those losers are,” said Senator John Cornyn.
  • Jeff Moseley with the Texas association of business says the current Washington administration’s discussion to modify the agreement is timely.
  • “After 25 years, every business would agree that it’s time to go back and re-examine the foundations of a trade agreement and that is exactly what this administration is doing, it’s what the Obama administration had talked about doing, so we are pleased that these negotiations include Texas businesses,” said CEO of the Texas Association of Business Jeff Moseley.

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KSAT SAN ANTONIO

Uncertainty over NAFTA concerns business, industry-U.S. Sen. John Cornyn hears from stakeholders

  • The location where the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1992 was the setting Monday for a U.S. Senate field hearing on the current NAFTA re-negotiations.
  • Held at what is now the Marriott Plaza Hotel, the meeting was led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness.
  • Cornyn heard testimony from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and stakeholders including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Border Trade Alliance, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Farm Bureau and the Texas Oil and Gas Association.

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NPR

Calls For NAFTA Withdrawal Loom Over San Antonio Hearing

  • Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, held a congressional hearing Monday morning on the North American Free Trade Agreement within yards of where the historic deal was signed by the presidents of Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. in 1992.
  • “Unbalanced” and “outdated” are the words that Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn used to describe NAFTA. He highlighted the $600 billion trade deficit between the U.S. and its trade partners the past 10 years.
  • His boss, OTR Head Robert Lighthizer is in step with President Trump.

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Charlotte Observer

Cornyn: Congress gets say in renegotiated NAFTA

  • The Senate’s No. 2 Republican is making it clear: No changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement go anywhere without Congress’s say.
  • As trade representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico engage in their fifth round of discussions on the trilateral trade agreement Monday, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who chairs the chairs the Senate’s subcommittee that deals with international trade, launched his most vocal effort yet to push White House’s negotiators toward modernizing, not discarding, the agreement.
  • Cornyn’s calls come as White House trade negotiators once again asserted plans to abandon the deal altogether if the three countries can’t reach a deal to modernize the agreement for the internet era.

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