Texas Association of Manufacturers’ Top 10 Policy Priorities for 87th Legislature

January 12, 2021

Bennett: "Texas must be globally competitive."

The Texas Association of Manufacturers today released its “TAM Top Ten,” which details the Association’s policy priorities for the 87th Legislature in 2021.

“Pandemic economic recovery, competitiveness and job growth are at the core of our priorities for the 87th Legislature,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers. “From economic development and critical infrastructure to workforce readiness and equity in tax policy, we are calling on lawmakers to advance Texas' global competitiveness.”

Bennett noted that Texas is the #1 state for exported manufactured goods and remains the #1 state to do business. “Smart public policy has been the key in keeping Texas on top,” he said.

TAM’s Top Ten policy priorities include:

  1. Preserve Authority to Offer Limited, Temporary Property Tax Discounts
  2. Pandemic Liability Reform
  3. Equality in Business Taxation
  4. Business Personal Property Tax Reform
  5. Transportation & Critical Infrastructure
  6. Preserve ERCOT’s Competitive Wholesale Market
  7. Ensure Transparency and Oversight of Monopoly Utility Rates
  8. Career and Workforce Readiness
  9. TCEQ Regulations and 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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The Texas Association of Manufacturers (“TAM”) actively represents the interests and priorities of more than 600 member companies in Austin and in Washington, D.C. Manufacturers in Texas account for 13 percent of the total output in the state – more than $230 billion in 2018 – and employ more than 908,000 Texans in jobs that pay an average compensation of over $87,809 annually. On average, each manufacturing job created also provides 5 additional jobs in our communities. Texas remains the number one exporting state for manufactured goods in the United States, now for more than a dozen years running.

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