2023 legislative priorities

The Government Affairs Committee gathers issues for the biennial state legislative session through member input and presentations from local and state organizations. These priorities, once approved by the Board, are distributed to stakeholders and elected officials.

Executive Priority #1

Economic development incentives
We support the development of a new school property tax incentive so that Texas can continue to create jobs and needed capital investment.

Executive Priority #2

Allow TSTC to operate in Comal and Guadalupe Counties
High growth Comal and Guadalupe Counties are underserved by workforce training providers. We support policies that will allow Texas State Technical College to operate by right.

Executive Priority #3

Fully fund improvements to SH 46
We support fully funding both the interchange between I-35 and SH 46, as well as the improved roadway between New Braunfels and Seguin.

Executive Priority #4

Allow for development of a high-speed connector between I35 and SH130
Support changes to the State’s service agreement with SH 130 Concession Company to facilitate development of a non-tolled high-speed connector between I35 and SH130.

Other issues

Pro-business climate Education & workforce Transportation and infrastructure
Keep Texas a low tax state so that it remains business friendly and competitive. Reform recapture so that more local tax collections stay with local schools. Create new and sustainable sources of revenue to meaningfully meet the needs of high growth regions of the state.
Protect employers from additional regulatory requirements. We support policies that give K-12 schools more resources to attract and retain teachers and support staff. Pursue an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that improves grid reliability and keeps costs affordable for businesses and families.
Sufficiently fund state and local incentive tools used to compete for corporate expansions and job growth. Advance policies that improve housing affordability. Protect the ability to issue bonds for infrastructure investments.
Accelerate funding and reduce barriers to workforce training programs in high growth areas of the state.
Continue to fund nonprofits like Communities in Schools that provide services to students and their families.
Heathcare Tourism
Protect employers from legislation that increases health care costs. Ensure local and state hotel occupancy tax stays dedicated to current uses that generate room nights in local communities.
Maintain a school start date of no earlier than the 4th Monday in August.

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