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Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 legislative agenda includes support for the Texas Way

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Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 legislative agenda includes support for the Texas Way

Dallas Regional Chamber Legislative Agenda
The Dallas Regional Chamber serves the business community of the most populated
metropolitan area in Texas and will actively advocate for legislation that will positively impact
business and quality of life in our region. Dallas/Fort Worth is home to the largest workforce in
the state, producing $420 billion in gross domestic product, representing nearly one-third of
Texas’ entire GDP.
To continue to ensure the Dallas/Fort Worth remains an economically prosperous region, and a
great place to live and work…
THE DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER WILL ACTIVELY ADVOCATE FOR:
Economic Development
 Appropriate adequate funding to allow Texas to compete for high value and impactful
economic development projects. Today, these include the Texas Enterprise Fund and
Texas Emerging Technology Fund programs.
 Maintain integrity of state enabled and locally utilized economic development programs
to provide Texas communities with tools necessary to close economic development
deals.
Public Education (PreK-12) and Early Childhood Education
 Invest in educator and counselor quality, effectiveness, professional development,
retention and university teacher preparation programs.
 Restore state funding to FY2010 levels and appropriate funding for quality full-day pre-K
for all eligible students; student enrollment growth; effective student guidance and
counseling; achievement of state standards to college/career readiness level (III) and
graduation requirements; HB5 implementation; and charter school facilities.
 Expand local school district authority in operational and managerial affairs, human
capital and financial resource management.
Health Care
 Support the development and implementation of a flexible “Texas Way Program” to
expand private market-based coverage to the uninsured, promote personal
responsibility, and focus additional resources on primary care, prevention and wellness.

Higher Education
 Maximum funding for the TEXAS Grant program and the Tuition Equalization Grant for all
eligible students.
 A capital building program, including Tuition Revenue Bonds, at the state’s higher
education and health-related institutions to support the increased growth in enrollment
and research.
 Career readiness and college access programs, cost-effective educational innovations,
appropriate performance funding models, and effective college advising.
Transportation
 Increase Texas Department of Transportation funding by $5 billion per year (inclusive of
Proposition 1 funding) using sustainable funding sources, including redirection of motor
vehicle sales taxes to the state highway fund.
 End all gas tax diversions for non-highway use, other than the constitutionally
authorized funding of education.
 Authorize TxDOT to enter into a comprehensive developer agreement for LBJ East
corridor – US 75 to I-30.
Water
 Conduct appropriate oversight on SWIFT/SWIRFT applications made to the State of
Texas to ensure the distribution of funds provided by Proposition 6, are based on need.
 Oppose any legislation that would unreasonably prevent the State or water providers
from exercising their ability to follow water management strategies in the upcoming
State Water Plan.
 Provide appropriate resources to the TCEQ for priority consideration of permit
applications related to water infrastructure projects. This could include appropriations
and/or the ability of permit requestors to hire third party expeditors. IN ADDITION, THE DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER WILL STRONGLY SUPPORT EFFORTS
TO ENACT THE FOLLOWING:

Economic Development
 Provide appropriations for existing economic development programs such as the Skills
Development Fund.
 Identify, develop and support additional economic development programs which will
provide Texas and its communities with additional competitive advantages.
Public Education and Early Childhood Education
 Rigorous pre-K through graduation programs preparing students to graduate with
relevant workforce skills and college-ready competencies
 Effective, accessible and quality early childhood and out of school time programming to
improve outcomes for youth
 Development and implementation of innovative learning models, instructional methods,
assessments and accountability measures
Health Care
 Support adequate state funding of health and human services programs, including
reimbursement for hospital and physician services and behavioral health programs
 Support continuation of the Medicaid 1115 demonstration waiver with appropriate
modifications to help mitigate the state’s funding shortfalls
 Provide full appropriation of state funding for uncompensated trauma care services as
dictated by truth-in-budgeting
 Preserve the state’s Driver Responsibility Program to fund critical safety net hospitals in
Texas

 

Higher Education

The state’s efforts to create more Tier One research universities by increasing funding for state research initiatives

 System-wide collaboration on developmental and adult education, dual credit and
articulation agreement reform
 Adjusting the Graduate Medical Education Formula to sustain current programs and
create expansion programs to increase residency positions Transportation
 Fully fund Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) and the Low Income Repair and
Assistance Program (LIRAP) by appropriating all revenue collected under the programs.
 Revise road user fee structures to appropriately charge alternative fuel and
electric/hybrid vehicles for road use.

 Institute effective enforcement measures applied to all required vehicle operating fees
and other vehicle owner responsibilities, including vehicle registrations, emissions
inspections, and vehicle insurance; Maintain and enforce the Texas Driver Responsibility
Fund.
Water
 Preserving reuse as a water management strategy when taking any action in protecting
environmental flows.
Workforce
 Expand relevant workforce Career and Technical Education (CTE) and industry-specific
certification programs to ensure development of skills sought by Texas employers
 Collaboration between education and business/industry to provide relevant workforce
experiences for students and educators, including business incentives, partnerships and
measurements of engagement and outcomes

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