Tribpedia: Texas Association Of Business

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) is an advocacy group that focuses on issues that impact business owners in Texas. The group often testifies on issues during the legisative session, pushing for lower taxes, fewer regulations and less government spending.

While TAB advocates for conservative business issues, the group occassionally works with unlikely allies.  During the 2007 session, TAB joined ...

Texas Facing Major Climate Change Impacts, Study Finds

The Brazos River in Knox County during the summer of 2011.
The Brazos River in Knox County during the summer of 2011.

A sharp increase in heat-related deaths and storm-related losses. A significant decrease in worker productivity and crop yields. A new climate change study paints a bleak picture for Texas over the coming decades — if nothing is done to address the much-debated warming trend. And not everyone is buying it.

 

Students in Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda's class sing to practice their language skills at the Dallas Independent School District Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.
Students in Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda's class sing to practice their language skills at the Dallas Independent School District Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.

Lawmakers Propose Pre-K Incentive Payment System

Two lawmakers in the Texas House have presented a plan for a major overhaul of early education in the state. The measure would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day pre-kindergarten programs. 

Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.
Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.

Business Group: Stop Gas Tax Diversions

The Texas Association of Business' 2015 agenda calls for the Legislature to end diversions of state gas taxes from road funding and to dedicate half of motor vehicle sales taxes to road construction and maintenance. 

State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at the Texas Business Roundtable candidate forum on Jan. 14, and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee, addresses delegates at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention on June 27.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at the Texas Business Roundtable candidate forum on Jan. 14, and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee, addresses delegates at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention on June 27.

Business Sees Pros of Lieutenant Governor Candidates

State Sens. Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte have taken to promoting their business credentials while campaigning to become the state's lieutenant governor in a race that influential groups say should be good for business.

Surplus Projections Ignite a Familiar Debate

With expectations that state lawmakers will have a budget surplus of several billion dollars, lawmakers, activists and business groups are already discussing what to do with the money. While some are arguing for tax relief, others say the state has unmet needs in transportation and education that need to be addressed.

Immigration reform protesters walked up Congress Avenue toward the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.
Immigration reform protesters walked up Congress Avenue toward the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.

Immigration Reform Advocates Open to Piecemeal Approach

Steadfast supporters of comprehensive immigration reform say that to have a chance for any change in 2014, they may have to be content with legislation that only addresses some of their objectives. They add, however, that the end result matters more than how they get there.

Brandon Biko Reese, who will soon be released after serving a five-year sentence, is enthusiastically welcomed to the front of the room to give a farewell speech. In an effort to "de-gangsterize" inmates, administrators encourage them to dance and cheer for their peers whenever possible.
Brandon Biko Reese, who will soon be released after serving a five-year sentence, is enthusiastically welcomed to the front of the room to give a farewell speech. In an effort to "de-gangsterize" inmates, administrators encourage them to dance and cheer for their peers whenever possible.

Lawmakers Urged to Protect Businesses That Hire Ex-Prisoners

Amid a broader legislative push to help former prisoners re-enter society, state lawmakers on Monday were encouraged to limit the legal liability of businesses that hire ex-prisoners.

Morgan Crocker delivers a business proposal for a fitness training service during the weekly session of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program at the Cleveland Correctional Center in Cleveland, Texas.
Morgan Crocker delivers a business proposal for a fitness training service during the weekly session of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program at the Cleveland Correctional Center in Cleveland, Texas.

Inmates Bank on Business Program for a New Start

Through a program operated by a nonprofit, some Texas inmates who will soon be released get a chance to learn business skills and work on plans to start their own businesses. Members of the business community have praised the program, saying successful former inmates become consumers and taxpayers. 

Business Association Launches Criminal Justice Agenda

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The state's largest business lobby is adding criminal justice reform to its agenda for the first time after years of cajoling from reform advocates. The association says reducing the prison population and increasing the workforce makes business sense.

Combs Says Plan Protects Lizards, Oil and Gas Interests

A Senate commitee heard testimony on the negative consequences of adding the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard to the endangered species list — a decision oil and gas companies say will hurt the industry. Comptroller Susan Combs spoke in support of a plan that allows continue oil and gas production under certain terms if the lizards are deemed endangered.

Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education meeting on July 21, 2011.
Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education meeting on July 21, 2011.

New Math Standards Get Blowback from Business Community

As the State Board of Education prepares to approve new K-12 math standards, it is receiving significant pushback from leaders in Texas' business community, who contend that the standards are not up to snuff. One expert described them as "a wordy, sometimes incoherent and often garbled document."

Gov. Rick Perry waits to go on stage at the 7 Flags Events Center in Clive, Iowa, on Jan. 3, 2012. Perry placed fifth in the Iowa caucuses.
Gov. Rick Perry waits to go on stage at the 7 Flags Events Center in Clive, Iowa, on Jan. 3, 2012. Perry placed fifth in the Iowa caucuses.

Back in Texas, Rick Perry Has Relationships to Repair

Now that he's back from his presidential run, Gov. Rick Perry has some fences to mend in Texas. Publicly, Perry’s supporters say no bridges have been burned, with the business community, the Tea Party or his own state-based staff. But privately, some of Perry’s closest allies say he's got some relationships to repair — and that he's started doing it.

The Texas Association of Business erected a billboard for the day in Austin highlighting the failure of colleges and universities to graduate students with degrees or certifications.
The Texas Association of Business erected a billboard for the day in Austin highlighting the failure of colleges and universities to graduate students with degrees or certifications.

Graduation-Rates Campaign Heads to Dallas

A new billboard that will tower over Dallas' North Central Expressway on Monday offers a startling message on college graduation rates, an effort by a state business group to turn the spotlight on the the state's lagging higher ed outcomes.

A pump house at Lake J.B. Thomas sits high and dry with almost no water remaining to pump. The lake level is at 4.60 percent.
A pump house at Lake J.B. Thomas sits high and dry with almost no water remaining to pump. The lake level is at 4.60 percent.

Business Groups Back Texas Water Ballot Measure

Next month, Texans will go to the polls to decide whether to authorize $6 billion in bonding authority dedicated to building and fixing water infrastructure. Some major business and environmental groups are backing it, but the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation and some Tea Party members have concerns about the measure.

Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.
Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.

Guest Column: How to Bridge the Budget Gap

As the clock counts down to the end of the regular session on May 30, it’s fair to ask House and Senate leaders — and all members — to meet our needs, not our wants. Here's how they can bridge the gap between their budget plans without any new taxes.

Demonstrators stand in front of the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2011 to show their opposition to immigration legislation.
Demonstrators stand in front of the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2011 to show their opposition to immigration legislation.

For Republicans, the Hazards of Red Meat

The growth of the state’s Hispanic population and the rise of immigration as a political issue put Texas Republicans in a tight spot — especially the ones with statewide aspirations. Can Republicans keep their current voters happy without alienating the Hispanics they hope will support them in the future?

Former state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, is shown in 2011.
Former state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, is shown in 2011.

State Rep. Leo Berman Leads Charge From Right

In 2009, state Rep. Leo Berman's bills — like the ones restricting illegal immigrants to certain geographical regions and denying them access to higher education — failed to gain traction in a House that was close to evenly divided. But with a Republican supermajority now in control, this could very well be the session of Leo.

Texas Battle Over Rainy Day Fund Heating Up

Texas, like many other states, is proposing billions of dollars in cuts to help close a budget gap. But as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, one thing Texas has that nobody else does is $9 billion in a piggy bank called the Rainy Day Fund — and lawmakers are divided over whether to crack it open.

Should Texas Tap Rainy Day Fund to Ease Shortfall?

Texas, like many other states, is proposing billions of dollars in cuts to help close a budget gap. But as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, one thing Texas has that nobody else does is $9 billion in a piggy bank called the Rainy Day Fund — and lawmakers are divided over whether to crack it open.