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TAM Top 10 Policy Priorities

Bennett: “Competitiveness is priority one.”

The Texas Association of Manufacturers released its “TAM Top Ten,” which details the Association’s policy priorities for the 86th Legislature in 2019.

“Competitiveness and job growth are at the core of our priorities for the 86th Legislature,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers. “From economic development and tax policy to workforce development and properly funded regulators, the Legislature has tremendous opportunities to protect and advance our global competitiveness in the upcoming session.”

Bennett noted that Texas is the #1 state for exported manufactured goods and remains the #1 state to do business. “Smart public policy and elected officials who value Texas jobs are equally important to keeping Texas on top,” he said.

TAM’s Top Ten policy priorities include:

  • 1. Preserve Property Tax Abatement Authority
  • 2. Global Economic Competitiveness
  • 3. Equality in Business Taxation
  • 4. Business Personal Property Tax Reform
  • 5. Aerospace and Aviation Manufacturing Competitiveness
  • 6. Preserving ERCOT’s Competitive Wholesale Market
  • 7.Protecting PUC Jurisdiction in Non-ERCOT Areas
  • 8. Career and Workforce Education Needs
  • 9. TCEQ Funding
  • 10. School and Workplace Health

For more information on each of the priorities above, please visit www.manufacturetexas.org/resources.

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2019 Texas Manufacturers' Day at the Capitol

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) and its members gathered at the State Capitol on February 12th to celebrate Texas Manufacturers’ Day 2019, impressing upon lawmakers that “manufacturing matters” to the state’s economy and the roughly 870,000 Texans who work in the industry.

Industry leaders urged elected officials to embrace legislation that would attract investment, grow jobs and strengthen the Texas workforce.

“The Legislature must maintain policies that keep Texas in the game to attract major investments and jobs here,” said Tony Bennett, president and CEO of TAM. “We need smart economic development tools, policies that strengthen our competitive position and a ready workforce for today’s manufacturing job opportunities.” Read more.

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