PRIORITIES FOR PROSPERITY

87th LEGISLATIVE SESSION TOP 5

  • PROTECT THE RIGHTS AND EVEN THE PLAYING FIELD FOR JOB CREATORS

    Maintain Chapter 313 and other economic development programs aimed at increasing business investment, relocation and expansion in Texas

     

    Level the litigation playing fireld in lawsuits against owners and operators of company vehicles ensuring they are based on facts and evidence of an event.  

  • PROVIDE A DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY LANDSCAPE FOR PROSPERITY & GROWTH

    Support development of a statewide Broadband Plan that provides access for all Texans yet has key characteristics including consistency with free market principles creating economic activity and increasing statewide competitiveness. 

    Support encouraging business efforts to develop and disclose comprehensive, market-driven policies regarding privacy and information practices and oppose efforts that would create a "patchwork-quilt" of state laws that impede growth of internet commerce.

  • MAINTAIN COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC EDUCATION & WORKFORCE SKILLS

    Protect the work and maintain the commitments made to education through HB 3.  

     

    Protect district level funding with a one-year hold harmless to districts relative to attendance.

      

    Pause A-F accountability rating system for accountability and funding for the duration of COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Maintain/expand opportunities to access workforce training for retooling and upskilling current workforce

     

    Maintain formula fund from the 86th legislative session for public institutions of higher education. 

  • IMPROVE & EXPAND TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FOR RECOVERY & GROWTH

    Restore public-private authority for major transportation infrastructure projects in Texas through the utilization of the Texas Comprehensive Development Agreement authority which expired in 2017.

  • PROVIDE ECONOMIC PROTECTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS

    Support measures to protect employer who comply with federal and state guidelines from litigation stemming from open ended liability due to COVID-19 exposure of future pandemics.

    Preempt cities from regulating private employment practices including hiring, scheduling, wages, benefits, etc. 

2019 STATE TOP PRIORITIES

  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Texas has received numerous honors in recent years including the “America’s Top State for Business,” #1 for private sector job growth, the best state to start a business and the “Top State for Fortune 500 Headquarters.” To continue to be a national leader in economic development, we must take steps in the 86th Legislative Session to maintain that leadership role by investing in future job and economic growth. We must provide the state and local entities tools to compete for corporate relocations and expansions. 

  • EDUCATION & WORKFORCE

    A strong education system in Texas is an integral element of a thriving state that provides expanded jobs and paychecks, while providing all Texans with the tools to succeed in a fast-changing society. As Texas' population and economy become more diverse, our education system, rooted in the state constitution, must reflect the needs and aspirations of every student to ensure his or her success. 

  • WATER/INFRASTRUCTURE

    Constructing new infrastructure and properly maintaining existing infrastructure is critical for all businesses in Texas. Of chief importance are water and flood control infrastructure. 

    Water supply is vital for Texas businesses. To continue Texas’ economic prosperity, additional water supplies must be developed. During prolonged drought conditions, the need is more pronounced. 

  • HEALTH CARE

    TAB advocates for the highest quality health care at the best cost available for both employers who provide health insurance to their employees and for the state taxpayers who fund Medicaid. TAB’s legislative priorities are wide-ranging, covering issues such as access, transparency, health literacy and quality of service.

    TAB will continue to work with the Legislature to improve health care delivery models, help consumers understand their role in their own health care, increase access to primary care and lower health care costs for Texas businesses.