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Texas job engine shuts down without economic development incentives a press release

April 12, 2017

By Tony Bennett, Dale Craymer and Hector Rivero

Texas is not immune to competition.

As some Texas lawmakers push to gut our economic development policies, other states are falling all over themselves to out-compete Texas to land major industrial projects and the thousands of jobs that come with them.

It’s smug to suggest that Texas doesn’t need to compete and can afford to disarm itself at a time when other states are becoming more aggressive with investment incentives.

Other states also have more than sufficient infrastructure to accommodate new investment — ports, pipelines and refineries. Other states have natural resources. Other states have a ready workforce. In addition to robust investment incentive programs, other states have lower property taxes.

Texas is not so mighty to think we can walk off the field and remain a champion.

Complacent players might get lucky once in a while, but they can’t sustain a winning streak.

Texans deserve policies that maintain and create quality jobs and economic progress.

Unfortunately,...

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Manufacturers Day at State Capitol Focuses on Jobs, Transportation, Education

February 8, 2017

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) and its members gathered at the State Capitol today to celebrate Manufacturers Day, impressing upon lawmakers that #ManufacturingMatters to the state’s economy and jobs. Industry leaders urged state leaders to embrace legislation that would encourage investment, enhance transportation safety and productivity, and strengthen workforce education. Manufacturers Day will conclude with an evening reception featuring the Lockheed Martin Lightning II F-35 Demonstrator.

“Texas is the nation’s #1 exporting state for manufactured goods,” said Tony Bennett, president and CEO of TAM. “To stay on top, Texas needs policies that attract major investment and jobs here, policies that keep Texas products and commerce moving, and policies that prepare the workforce manufacturers need.”

TAM and its members discussed the following specific issues during meetings at the Capitol today:

TAM opposes Senate Bill 600 (Burton) to repeal Chapter 313, which allows school districts to offer temporary tax abatements to...

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TAM on Federal ‘Better Way Tax Reform’ Proposal

January 31, 2017

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, President & CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.

“The Texas Association of Manufacturers continues to monitor development of federal corporate tax reform policy, including discussion of the ‘Better Way Tax Reform’ proposal. At this time, the Texas Association of Manufacturers is neutral on the proposal. While much of the proposal is positive for Texas manufacturers, some provisions, such as border adjustments, require further study. We are hopeful that Congress will work its way toward a final tax reform package that keeps Texas manufacturers competitive and global trade robust.”

Media contact: Gretchen Fox, 512-694-4326

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Published Opinion - Bennett: Federal rule threatens North Texas job growth 

October 4, 2016

By Tony Bennett, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers

Texans are deeply proud of our state’s business-friendly climate and our hardworking people.

Consistently named as one of the top states for business, if Texas were a country it would rank 10th globally in economic output, just behind Brazil.

Look no further than the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.

With its combination of location, natural resources and pro-job-creation policies at the local level, Dallas-Fort Worth is home to a significant number of major manufacturers, such as Lockheed Martin, General Motors and Texas Instruments.

In fact, Dallas-Fort Worth has more manufacturing activity than any other metropolitan area in the state, employing more than a quarter of a million Texans and playing a vital role in boosting the region’s economy.

While many factors are working to our collective advantage, never ending streams of Obama administration regulations threaten our positive momentum.

The most recent assault on good-paying jobs and private sector growth by...

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A Labor Legacy to Remember: Years of Excessive Overregulation

September 26, 2016

New Study Outlines Cost of Labor Regulations

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Texas Association of Business (TAB) and Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) have released a new study that outlines the destructive legacy this administration’s relentless labor regulatory agenda will leave for manufacturers, their employees and the communities in which they live.

Regulations on issues such as contractor blacklisting, employee overtime, silica, union elections and injury and illness reporting will not only result in hundreds of millions of hours of paperwork, but will also come at a price tag of more than $80 billion in compliance costs over the next 10 years.

“This kind of financial burden hinders job growth,” said Cathy DeWitt, TAB Vice President of Governmental Affairs. “Manufacturing is a source of good paying jobs in Texas and growing the manufacturing sector should be a priority. These policies will not foster that growth.”

“The federal government’s recent labor...

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Published Opinion - The right and left agree: Manufacturing makes Texas work

September 12, 2016

By Tony Bennett and Chris Wallace

In an era when political parties have never seemed more different, there is one major area where Democrats and Republicans strongly agree - the need to create more high-skill, high-wage jobs to strengthen our economy. Whether you care most about lagging economic growth, massive deficits or skyrocketing income inequality, increasing the pool of quality, middle-class manufacturing jobs is one of the most effective paths forward.

In Texas, we know this better than most. Our state's manufacturers generate nearly 15 percent of our total economic output and employ more than 866,000 men and women in jobs that pay an average of nearly $80,000 a year. Even as the critical oil and natural gas industries have been buffeted by chaotic and unpredictable global events, demand in the broader manufacturing sector has stayed strong and stable, providing a lifeline for our state's economy and Texans seeking "ladder up" opportunities to support their families and better their lives.

For the most part, policymakers in Washington...

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Texas Manufacturers React to 5th Circuit Court Stay of EPA’s Regional Haze Plan

July 19, 2016

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal regional haze plan for Texas. The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.

“The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was right to stay implementation of the EPA’s regional haze plan, which would have dramatically threatened Texans’ access to reliable electricity and caused unnecessary increases in power prices.

In its decision, the court argued the stay was necessary because the challengers ‘demonstrated a strong likelihood of success in establishing that EPA acted arbitrarily, capriciously, and in excess of its statutory authority.’

Regulatory overreach is the hallmark of this administration’s EPA and the regional haze plan is the agency’s latest attempt to shut down more than 20% of the power generation in Texas. The EPA’s regional haze plan is separate and apart from the EPA’s Clean Power...

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TAM Receives Chairman's Award for Association's Work to Renew Ex-Im Bank

April 12, 2016

The Texas Association of Manufacturers was honored to receive the Chairman's Award for our efforts to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank, our nation’s export credit agency that finances exports of American-made products.

All major exporting countries have a similar credit agency and Ex-Im Bank is a must-have economic tool for exporters in the United States to compete globally. Last year, Congress voted overwhelmingly to renew the Ex-Im Bank, continuing an 80-year history of broad Congressional support for this critical economic tool.

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Texas Manufacturers React to U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Clean Power Plan

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.

“The Texas Association of Manufacturers applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan while the lower court decides if the Plan itself is lawful.

The Clean Power Plan dramatically expands the EPA’s authority, without a Congressional directive to do so, and threatens Texans’ access to affordable, reliable power by radically restructuring the nation’s electric generation resources. With limited and questionable environmental benefits, the costs associated with the Clean Power Plan are staggering. For Texas alone, the cost increases under the proposed rule are expected to rise as high as $15 billion annually by 2030.

The Texas manufacturing sector is among the most efficient industries in the world both in terms of energy use and air emissions. The Clean Power Plan could drive American manufacturing operations to other, less efficient countries, undermining the stated...

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Texas Association of Manufacturers’ Top 10 Policy Priorities

January 11, 2016

Austin - The Texas Association of Manufacturers today released its “TAM Top Ten,” which details the association’s policy priorities for the 2016 interim and the 85th Legislature in 2017.

“Manufacturing is a driving force of our economy and a wide range of policy issues can impact our ability to grow jobs,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers. “Texas is the #1 state for exported manufactured goods. Texas is the #1 state to do business. We look forward to working with Texas lawmakers to keep Texas on top.”

TAM’s Top 10 policy priorities include:

1. Mitigate Major Electricity Rate Hikes

2. Maintain Competitive Pro-Growth Jobs and Tax Wealth Policies

3. Oppose Property Tax Value Shifts to Industry

4. Equality in Business Taxation

5. Business Inventory Tax Reform

6. Career & College Education Reform Implementation

7. Water Supply and Conservation

8. Competitive Truck...

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Published Opinion - Bennett: End Political Games Using Ex-Im Bank as Pawn

November 10, 2015

  • By Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers

Until about a year and a half ago, most Americans had probably never heard of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), which is our nation's export credit agency that finances exports of American-made products. The Bank is a must-have economic tool for exporters in the United States to compete globally, as all major exporting countries have a similar credit agency. Sadly, Ex-Im Bank has become a pawn in hyperpartisan politics of the worst kind and the fallout for small businesses in Houston and beyond has been real and lasting.

A determined band of congressmen has been doing its dead-level best to kill the agency and the thousands of Texas companies and employees that depend on exporting to stay in business. Amid political jockeying - which has nothing to do with good government - the authorization that allows the Ex-Im Bank to extend credit to private companies expired in June and the agency has been unable to finance exports ever since.

The congressmen's opposition? They claim the bank...

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Published Opinion - Bennett: Texas Could Be Home to Patent Quality Rather Than Lawsuits

  • By Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers
  • October 7, 2015

This has been a good year for the Texas technology industry. Houston boasts the second-highest rate of tech job growth over the past five years in the United States. Our universities are advancing in research and attracting the brightest, most innovative minds.

Meanwhile, the Texas court system is attracting patent infringement lawsuits like moths to a flame. More than 800 lawsuits were filed between April and June in the Eastern District of Texas — a haven for patent litigation. Unfortunately, a dispute in a higher court has the potential to bring a new type of trolling to the arena.

Design patents are the newest name in the patent infringement game. Apple and Samsung have litigated over design patents since 2011. One of the design patents at issue is the shape of a device. The problem with current interpretation of the law is that if the jury finds design patent infringement occurred, the jury must award to the patent holder the total profit the alleged...

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Manufacturers Applaud Lawmakers For Commitment To Smart Tax, Regulatory, Transportation, Energy Policy

  • Association Raises Concerns about Economic Development Programs
  • Release Date: June 1, 2015

AUSTIN – As the 84th Legislature came to a close today, the Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) applauded the Texas Legislature for its commitment to smart tax policy, regulatory certainty, civil justice reform, transportation infrastructure, and sound energy policy. The Association also raised some concern regarding the future of economic development programs that have successfully attracted investment to the Lone Star State.

Lawmakers passed HB 32 by Representative Bonnen and SB 1 by Senator Nelson, which deliver broad tax relief for businesses and homeowners. “Smart tax policy puts money to work in our economy through increased consumer spending and expanded business investment and job growth,” said Tony Bennett, president of TAM.

HB 1865 by Representative Morrison and SB 709 by Senator Fraser make Texas more competitive by bringing certainty to the environmental permitting process while preserving robust public participation. The...

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Texas Manufacturers, Businesses ‘Baffled’ That Members Of Congress Choose Ideology Over Jobs Supported By Ex-Im

  • Release Date: May 21, 2015

The following joint statement can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers and Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business.

“Texas tops the list of states with the most exports. We have a strong, dynamic economy because of the hard work of Texas manufacturers. These job-creators use every tool available to grow and succeed in a fiercely competitive global economy, including the Ex-Im Bank. It’s baffling that members of Congress have chosen ideology over jobs supported by Ex-Im, one of the most important tools we have to support exports. Their actions will deliberately harm Texas.”

Media contact: Gretchen Fox, gfox@gfoxconsulting.com, 512-694-4326

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Contested Case Reform Ensures Efficient, Fair, Competitive Public Process

  • In Testimony, Manufacturer Lists Permitting Certainty Among Deciding Factors to Locate in Louisiana
  • Release Date: March 31, 2015

HB 1865 and SB 709 Preserve Public Participation and Address Uncertainty in Permitting Process

AUSTIN – Several members of a broad coalition of economic development and business groups testified today in support of proposed reforms to the state’s contested case process that will enhance Texas’ economic competitiveness through predictability, while preserving public participation in the permitting process at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to the Texas Association of Manufacturers, a member of the coalition. House Bill 1865 by Chairman Geanie Morrison and Senate Bill 709 by Chairman Troy Fraser were heard in committee today.

“Texas is at a distinct disadvantage when competing for major energy and manufacturing investments because a permitting process that takes six months in other states can take up to two years in...

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Manufacturers Applaud Governor Abbott’s Focus On Transportation And Property Tax Relief In State Of The State Address

  • TAM Response to Governor Abbott's State of the State Address
  • Release Date: February 17, 2014

Manufacturers Applaud Governor Abbott’s Focus on Transportation and Property Tax Relief in State of the State Address

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufactures.

The Texas Association of Manufacturers applauds Governor Abbott’s focus on transportation and property tax relief as critical components to continued economic prosperity in Texas.

We agree that Proposition 1, passed by voters in November 2014, was a critical first step to help Texas maintain the nation’s #1 rank for job creation and exporting. Prop 1 is a constitutional amendment to authorize money from the State’s Rainy Day Fund to be directed to the State Highway Fund.

Likewise, we are encouraged that Governor Abbott recognizes that Prop 1 doesn’t address all of our transportation needs and that additional, sustainable funding solutions to our highway infrastructure needs are necessary....

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Texas Association Of Manufacturers’ Top 10 Policy Priorities

  • Release Date: November 11, 2014

Austin - The Texas Association of Manufacturers has released its “TAM Top Ten,” which details the association’s policy priorities for next year.

“Manufacturing is a driving force of our economy and a wide range of policy issues can impact our ability to grow jobs,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers. “Texas is the #1 state for exported manufactured goods. Texas is the #1 state to do business. We look forward to working with Texas lawmakers to keep Texas on top.”

TAM’s Top Ten policy priorities include:

  • Capacity Markets
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental Permitting
  • EPA’s Carbon Rule
  • ExIm Bank
  • Franchise Tax
  • Property Tax Reform
  • Transportation Issues
  • Water Policy
  • Workforce Issues

To download PDFs of TAM’s policy positions, click the links below.

Media contact: Gretchen Fox, gfox@gfoxconsulting.com,...

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Prop 1: Important First Step For Transportation Funding

  • Lawmakers Must Go Further to Craft Long-Term Funding Solutions for Transportation
  • Release Date: October 16, 2014

The Texas Association of Manufacturers participated in a press conference in Austin today with Move Texas Forward and several business associations in support of Proposition 1. Prop 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize money from the State’s Rainy Day Fund to be directed to the State Highway Fund.

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.

“Transportation infrastructure is essential to Texas’ ongoing prosperity. Passing Proposition 1 in November is a critical first step to help Texas maintain its first place rank for job creation and our standing as the nation’s largest exporter.

Prop 1 doesn’t address all of our transportation needs in Texas. The Texas Legislature must go further to craft a long-term, sustainable funding solution to our highway infrastructure needs.

The cost of doing nothing is enormous.

Workers must be able...

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Texas Association Of Manufacturers And Texas Association Of Business Applaud Governor Rick Perry’s Support Of Ex-Im Bank

  • Release Date: July 1, 2014

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Association of Manufacturers and the Texas Association of Business today applauded Governor Rick Perry for urging Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank, a vital tool to promote exports of American-made products.

In a letter to Congressional leaders, Governor Perry encouraged Congress to improve Ex-Im Bank by enhancing transparency and warned that failure to reauthorize the Bank would put “American companies at a disadvantage in their ability to compete in the global marketplace, will cost jobs, and will drive up prices for American made goods.” His letter continued, “At a time when the U.S. economy continues to face challenges, it is especially important to maintain the role the Ex-Im Bank plays in supporting U.S. jobs in businesses of all sizes and in all industry sectors.”

“Governor Perry is right to point out that the majority of employers that benefit from the Ex-Im Bank are small and medium-sized businesses,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers. “Those calling...

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ERCOT's Latest Capacity, Demand And Reserves Report Shows Texas Has Ample Energy Reserves

  • Release Date: February 28, 2014

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Texas Association of Manufacturers today applauded ERCOT for continuing its work to improve its forecasting, which now shows dramatically improving reserve margins over previous estimates. ERCOT, which manages much of the state’s electricity grid, issued its latest Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) report today.

“Based on the reserve calculations submitted to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas by the Brattle Group last month, the state’s reserve levels are more than adequate to reliably and economically serve customers’ needs into the foreseeable future,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers. “Today’s Capacity, Demand and Reserves report from ERCOT also reinforces that reserves in Texas are in good shape.”

According to Bennett, the reserve margins presented in today’s CDR report are significantly higher than ERCOT’s forecasts in the last CDR report in May 2013. The report demonstrates that the market is producing sufficient reserves.

The...

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Generators Seeking Subsidies Continue Scare Tactics With Inaccurate Radio Ad

  • Manufacturers State the Facts on Capacity Markets
  • Release Date: February 12, 2013

AUSTIN, TEXAS – A group of electricity generators seeking billions of dollars in subsidies has taken to the air waves with a radio advertisement that is blatantly inaccurate. The ad is the latest in the group’s campaign – which is heavy on scare tactics, slim on facts – to convince Texans to pay generators upwards of $4 billion dollars a year for power we may never need.

Here, the Texas Association of Manufacturers provides the facts about capacity markets:

FACT: Two recent reports show that Texas has plenty of electricity capacity. ERCOT’s new Load Forecast, issued on January 22, shows that ERCOT has plenty of electricity to serve the state’s needs. The Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas released the Brattle Report, which shows that ERCOT not only has plenty of reserves, but that the market will continue to produce those reserves into the future.

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Manufacturers: Dual Reports Should End Discussion Of Electric Tax Proposal

  • ERCOT and Brattle Show Texas Has Plenty of Capacity
  • Release Date: February 5, 2014

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers:

Recent reports issued by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Brattle Group ought to end the discussion of changing the electric market and establishing a costly electricity tax, according to the Texas Association of Manufacturers. ERCOT’s new Load Forecast, issued on January 22, shows that ERCOT has plenty of electricity to serve the state’s needs. And then this week, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas released the Brattle Report, which shows that ERCOT not only has plenty of reserves, but that the market will continue to produce those reserves into the future.

Despite these facts, a group called “Texans for Reliable Power,” which is made up of some of the largest generation companies in the state, issued a statement that attempts to use these recent documents to support the adoption of its capacity market proposal,...

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Manufacturers Strongly Oppose Moving Texas Power To A Capacity Market

  • State Association Notes Capacity Markets’ Chilling Effect, Urges PUC to Consider Alternatives
  • Release Date: November 25, 2013

AUSTIN, TEXAS – During testimony before the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee today, the Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) strongly urged the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to resist calls to adopt a highly-regulated “capacity electricity market,” which would cost Texans billions of dollars a year for energy they may not even need.

“A capacity market would have an unmistakable chilling effect on economic growth in the state with a tremendous, long-term negative impact on Texas energy consumers,” said Tony Bennett, president of TAM. “The idea that a ‘capacity market’ is the only way to address power reliability concerns is off-base and is fueled by generators who would benefit from a subsidized market. Far from the only option, a capacity market would be more financially devastating than other alternatives – if change is even warranted – that should be considered.”

“Residential, municipal and...

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Manufactures Applaud Passage Of Constitutional Amendments To Fortify Texas Economy

Release Date: November 6, 2013

Austin -- The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) today applauded voter approval of two Texas constitutional amendments, which the Association says are critical to fortify the Texas economy. Voters approved Proposition 3, which will keep Texas aerospace industry competitive and Proposition 6, which provides funding for critical water infrastructure projects statewide.

Proposition 3 gives local taxing jurisdictions the option to extend the period of time aircraft manufacturers can temporarily hold inventory like aircraft and aircraft parts in those jurisdictions without incurring a property tax penalty. Prop 3 was a priority for TAM as Texas currently ranks in the top three states nationally in aerospace and aircraft manufacturing with 240 companies across the state.

"The Texas aerospace and aircraft manufacturing sector contributes nearly $49 billion to our state’s economy and provides 200,000 jobs," according to Tony Bennett, president of TAM. "It's important to keep Texas competitive to maintain and attract...

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Manufacturers Applaud Lawmakers' Commitment To Key Sector

  • Association Highlights Legislative Success, Notes Important Issues to Address in Future
  • Release Date: May 28, 2013

AUSTIN, TEXAS – With the Regular Session of the 83rd Legislature fresh in the rearview mirror, the Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) today acknowledged some significant efforts by state lawmakers to strengthen the state’s manufacturing sector but cautioned that a few key policy and regulatory concerns went unaddressed.

“We know 2013 had the potential to be a break-out year for manufacturers. House Speaker Joe Straus put us on the right path by providing unprecedented leadership in naming a special interim committee to study ways to strengthen manufacturing in Texas,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers. “Texas lawmakers, on the whole, embraced Speaker Straus’ charge by embracing smart, forward-thinking public policy that will help ensure the manufacturing sector continues to flourish, contributing to a strong Texas economy, and delivering continued job creation.”

Among the...

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NEW STUDY: Improved State R&D Tax Policy Could Generate As Much As $13 Billion In Increased Economic Activity, Add 97,600 New Permanent Jobs

  • Texans for Innovation Study Underscores Need for Smart Incentives to Drive “First Phase” of Manufacturing Innovations
  • Release Date: February 20, 2013

NEW STUDY: Improved State R&D Tax Policy Could Generate as Much as $13 Billion in Increased Economic Activity, Add 97,600 New Permanent Jobs

Texans for Innovation Study Underscores Need for Smart Incentives to Drive “First Phase” of Manufacturing Innovations

AUSTIN, TEXAS— Texas could enjoy more than $13 billion in increased economic activity and 97,600 new permanent jobs if the state embraces a more competitive package of Research and Development (R&D) incentives and tax credits, according to a study released today by Texans for Innovation. Texans for Innovation is a diverse coalition working to extend the manufacturing sales tax exemption to materials and equipment used for R&D purposes and to reinstate the R&D...

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Diverse Business, Industry Leaders Unite To Advance Research & Development To Drive Economic Growth, Job Creation

  • Texans for Innovation Commissioning New Research on R&D Impact
  • Release Date: January 9, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gretchen Fox, (512) 694-4326

AUSTIN, TEXAS—A new statewide coalition of business and industry leaders says strategic incentives to expand research and development (R&D) are key to sustained and expanded economic growth and job creation in Texas.

Texans for Innovation unites leaders across business and industry sectors and includes the Texas Association of Manufacturers, Texas Association of Business, TechAmerica, TechNet, Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, and the Metroplex Technology Business Council. Together, coalition members point to the need for an expanded emphasis on research and development to maintain the state’s competiveness in the U.S. and globally.

“For large and small companies in industries like manufacturing, high-tech, energy,...

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Tony Bennett: Schools And The Talent Shortage

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Tony Bennett: Schools and the Talent Shortage

You’d think that in this economy, job openings would barely see the light of day before getting snapped up by eager applicants. That’s not the case in the manufacturing sector, where high-quality, high-paying jobs sit vacant — sometimes for months, sometimes indefinitely — because of a shortage of manufacturing workers.

According to a recent Skills Gap study conducted by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting, two-thirds of business respondents report a moderate to severe shortage of qualified, available workers. Last spring, the San Antonio Manufacturers Association shed local light on this problem, estimating more than 1,500 open jobs in the area remained unfilled due to a lack of skilled workers. Training programs from the Texas Workforce Commission help to bridge the gap, but we need a long-term, comprehensive solution.

Texas isn’t alone, as the skilled-talent shortage is acute nationwide and around the globe. According to the U.S. Bureau of...

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Manufacturing Veteran Tony Bennett Named President Of Texas Association Of Manufacturing

Release Date: August 27, 2012

  • TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS NAMES BENNETT
  • AS TRADE GROUP’S NEW PRESIDENT

Bennett Brings Unparalleled Depth of Experience, Vision and Drive to Tackle Industry’s Most Pressing Public Policy Concerns

AUSTIN, TEXAS – A manufacturing industry executive with wide ranging public policy experience, Tony Bennett will take the reins of the Texas Association of Manufacturers as its new president, the group’s board announced today.

“In Tony Bennett, we have found a president who fully appreciates the challenges and opportunities the manufacturing industry faces, including energy, tax, environment, transportation, workforce development and tort issues,” said Bill Oswald, Chairman of TAM. “While the manufacturing sector is on the rise in Texas, the Texas Association of Manufacturers knows the economic recovery is tenuous and fragile at best. Under Tony’s capable watch and leadership, TAM and its members will be...

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Manufacturers PAC Of Texas (MPACT) Announces 2012 Primary Endorsements For Texas House

  • Support for Candidates Committed to Growing Manufacturing in Texas
  • Release Date: May 4, 2012
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Contact: Gretchen Fox, 512-694-4326

AUSTIN – The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced several primary endorsements of candidates for the Texas House of Representatives.

“Manufacturing is a driving engine of the Texas economy and we proudly support candidates who are committed to keeping manufacturing in Texas strong,” said Warren Mayberry, chairman of MPACT. “We are confident that these candidates will work to advance a strong manufacturing climate in Texas and continue to grow the jobs that anchor the state economy.”

MPACT 2012 Primary Endorsements – Texas House of Representatives

  • HD 4 Lance Gooden (R-Terrell)
  • HD 8 Byron Cook (R-Corsicana)
  • HD 9 Chris Paddie...
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