COALITION OF TARRANT COUNTY CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Position Statements Relating to State Legislation

The following positions have been adopted by a majority of the Chambers participating in the Coalition of Tarrant County Chambers.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Coalition urges the legislature to continue its support of policies that encourage economic growth in the form of incentives and abatements. The Coalition also would promote the use of best value incentives.

The Coalition supports funding of the Texas Enterprise Fund, a statewide economic development incentive program created by the 78th Legislature. The Texas Enterprise fund has a successful record of stimulating job creation, encouraging infrastructure development, attracting capital investment and providing for job skills training.

The Coalition supports the Emerging Technology Fund and associated Regional Centers for Innovation and Commercialization to ensure future employment of Texans through technology research, development, commercialization and start-up incubation.

The Coalition supports maintaining the no tax due threshold amount of $1, 000,000 for franchise tax reports due in all future years.

TRANSPORTATION

The Coalition urges the legislature to reverse current biennial legislative diversion of transportation resources to non-transportation uses and further supports a new dedicated funding source for transportation determined by the legislature.

The Coalition urges the legislature to raise the vehicle registration fee so that it more reflects the current economic reality and restores the value of the fees so to a level that will better fund transportation infrastructure throughout our state.

The Coalition urges the legislature to take action that would allow the motor fuels tax to adjust according to economic trends by tying the rate to the consumer price index (CPI).

The Coalition supports legislative appropriations to the Texas Mobility Fund. The fund provides the state with a creative mechanism to substantially leverage transportation dollars that will enable the Tarrant County area and the DIFW Metroplex to aggressively pursue essential transportation projects including additional roadway capacity, the development of a regional commuter rail system and improvements in freight mobility.

HIGHER EDUCATION

The Coalition supports collaborative approaches among Texas' higher education institutions in research and development funding strategies, technology deployment and distance education and urges state support for scholarship and financial aid programs which increase access to public and private higher education opportunities. In addition, the legislature should adequately fund community colleges and support dual credit courses associated with local community colleges. The Coalition also supports the further development of additional comprehensive Tier 1 universities.

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Coalition urges the legislature to provide adequate and equitable funding for school districts and provide clear accountability and assessment systems as it pertains to ST AAR. The Coalition supports initiatives to expand and improve education opportunities including funding to allow school districts to expand Pre-K services.

The Coalition also supports the continuation and enhancement of the Skills Development Fund, to include trade and technical training for Texas' high wage, high growth industries. The Skills Development Program, administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, supports local economic development and allows employers and Tarrant County College to work in partnership to effectively address local job training needs.

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

TERP and AirCheck Texas

The Coalition urges the Legislature to fully appropriate all funds collected for the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) and the Low Income Repair and Assistance Program (LIRAP) for the continued reduction of mobile source emissions and the achievement of compliance with federal air quality standards. The chambers think the Legislature should defend TCEQs permitting ability to continue to run relevant air quality programs and urges the Legislature to continue to provide for a targeted public information campaign addressing public awareness of air quality issues.

Water

The Coalition of Tarrant County Chambers of Commerce support Texas' 2011 Statewide Water Plan, keeping the proposed plan intact during the legislative session and opposing any legislation removing any water management strategies from this plan. Additionally, the Coalition specifically supports strategies and elements of this plan found in SB3 from the so" Legislative Session, including increased conservation, reuse and recycle projects, connection of existing supplies and development of needed new sources of water, including reservoirs.

HEALTHCARE

The Coalition of Tarrant Chambers continues to support the University of North Texas Health Science Center's Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the establishment of an Allopathic Medical College to provide the much-needed solutions for health issues Texans face. The Coalition thinks that affordable access to healthcare is an essential component in developing and sustaining economic viability in Tarrant County. The health of Tarrant County's economy depends on the physical and mental health of our communities, which is why the Coalition supports efforts to reduce the number uninsured and underinsured.

In addition, the Coalition supports the availability of appropriate funding and infrastructure in key areas including trauma, intensive and specialty care, bum and emergency preparedness. Finally the Coalition supports the availability of an adequate healthcare workforce by maintaining state-funded graduate medical education (OME) for medical residents and by providing increased funding to nursing institutions.

The Coalition supports adequate funding for Medicaid and CHIP for providers.

IMMIGRATION REFORM

The coalition believes that comprehensive immigration reform must meet the needs of employers and any solution for border security and immigration reform must be based on bilateral policy development and cooperation between neighboring countries, states and communities.


Coalition Of Tarrant County Chambers of Commerce

All Asian American Chamber of Commerce
American Indian Chamber of Commerce
Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Azle Chamber of Commerce
Benbrook Area Chamber of Commerce
Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce
Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce
Crowley Area Chamber of Commerce
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce
Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce
Hurst Euless Bedford Chamber of Commerce
Mansfield Chamber of Commerce
Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce
Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce
Northwest Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce
Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce
Southlake Chamber of Commerce
South Tarrant Chamber of Commerce
Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce
White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce

 


 


 


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