Public policy significantly impacts businesses and their ability to operate. From transportation initiatives to workforce funding to tax law, legislation influences the competitiveness and profitability of our businesses. The Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce uses an integrated approach to develop our policy positions and then proactively advocates. Our culture of collaboration has been vital to addressing challenges in an increasingly competitive global economy.
The Chamber’s 2021 Texas Legislative Priorities are focused on creating a favorable business environment, supporting economic diversification, developing a qualified workforce resulting in sustainable economic growth and enhancing our high quality of life.
- Maintain current funding level for the Texas Enterprise Fund
- Enhance and extend Chapter 313 of the Texas Economic Development Act
- Oppose discriminatory legislation and support legislation that promotes social equity and inclusion
- Support continued policy of no diversions of transportation tax revenue from their intended purpose.
- Affirm local decision-making by the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization to prioritize and fund transportation projects in North Texas.
- Ensure all project delivery tools are available to address growing congestion including toll roads, tolled managed lanes, comprehensive development agreements, etc.
- Support the privately-funded high speed rail project between Dallas and Houston.
- Promote the innovation of initiatives to promote better mobility.
EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE
- Protect / fund HB 3
- Increase funding for the Skills Development Program and maintain Skills Development Fund grants to improve workforce training
- Support legislation to improve broadband access for all Texans to better access virtual learning
- Improve postsecondary educational attainment and completion through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60X30TX plan
- .Support and fund the Texas Equalization Grant Program
- Support access to health care for all and increased coverage expansion for the under and uninsured
- Support increased tools and access to population health management and behavioral health care
- Support local transportation funding options including toll roads, managed lanes and public-private partnerships
- Protect and fully-fund Proposition 1 and Proposition 7
- Protect and support the Texas High Speed Rail
- Support implementation of water management strategies included in the Texas State Water Plan
- Protect eminent domain authority for water providers
- o serve our patients better, especially vulnerable patients impacted by the social determinants of health.
- Provide adequate funding for behavioral outpatient care programs and expand inpatient facilities to provide mental health services more efficiently than settings such as emergency rooms and jails.
- Renew the Local Provider Participation Fund (LPPF) for Dallas County to maximize federal matching funds for Medicaid supplemental payment programs.
- Protect the use of eminent domain authority for water providers to ensure their ability to provide a reliable and cost-effective water supply for our growing region.
- Vigorously oppose any legislation determined to prevent or slow the implementation of water management strategies included in the Texas State Water Plan.