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 ...

Texas business groups are banding together to keep NAFTA strong

From January to April of 2017, more than $178 billion in two-way trade has passed through ports in the United States and Mexico, according to a Florida-based think tank.
<p>From January to April of 2017, more than&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ustradenumbers.com/countries/mexico/">$178 billion</a>&nbsp;in two-way trade has passed through ports in the United States and Mexico, according to a Florida-based think tank.</p>

A number of Texas-based business groups have teamed up to prevent a reversal of the good trade relations with Mexico that Texas has enjoyed since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect 23 years ago. 

Representatives look at the board as a vote is taken on a bill amendment that&nbsp;would require schools to provide single-stall restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities to students who don't want to use facilities designated by &ldquo;biological sex"&nbsp;at the state Capitol&nbsp;on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
<p><span>Representatives look at the board as a vote is taken on a bill amendment that&nbsp;would require schools to provide single-stall restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities to students who don't want to use facilities designated by &ldquo;biological sex"&nbsp;at the state Capitol&nbsp;on Sunday, May 21, 2017.</span></p>

Texas business leaders stayed neutral on "bathroom" amendment

Pro-business forces, which had for months warned that a "bathroom bill" could be disastrous for the state's bottom line, held their fire during Sunday's debate over a bill amendment dealing with the controversial issue.

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Austin speaks at a protest in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion Monday May 8, 2017 after Gov. Greg Abbott did a private signing of SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on Sunday. &nbsp;
<p>U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Austin speaks at a protest in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion Monday May 8, 2017 after Gov. Greg Abbott did a private signing of SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on Sunday. &nbsp;</p>

ACLU issues Texas “Travel Advisory” after governor signs “sanctuary" bill

One of the country’s largest civil rights groups is cautioning against traveling to Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott signed what critics have called an extreme state-based immigration bill.

Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, lays out the property tax relief portion of Senate Bill 1 for final passage in the Senate on March 25, 2015.
Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, lays out the property tax relief portion of Senate Bill 1 for final passage in the Senate on March 25, 2015.

Senate Passes Patrick's Tax Cut Package

The Texas Senate on Wednesday approved Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s multibillion-dollar tax relief package to cut property and business margins taxes, tossing the ball into the House's court.

 

 

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. 

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.

Lt. Gov. Race Could Be Good for Business

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.

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 Use Business Program to Get Head Start on Life After Prison

Through a program operated by a Houston 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.