Interim Charges Released for Senate Economic Development Committee
AUSTIN — During the 81st Legislative Session, I was honored to be asked by Lt. Governor Dewhurst to serve on the new Senate Economic Development Committee. We faced a number of challenges last Spring, but creating jobs and attracting businesses to Texas were the biggest and most important. I'm happy to report that we passed a number of bills that will strengthen our state's economy, such as HB 394, which expands grants for small businesses, and HB 2169, which creates incentives for community and technical colleges to partner with employers to provide workforce training. We also protected the ability of school districts to promote economic growth and development and revamped economic development programs created to attract major sporting events to Texas.
Although the legislative session is over, our work towards smart economic development policies is not. Below is a list of issues that the lieutenant governor would like the committee to study before the start of the 82nd Legislative Session in January 2011.
- Assess the effectiveness of major economic development programs in Texas and review major tax policy issues that encourage or hinder business development, including options for reinstating a margins tax research and development tax credit. Examine economic development programs in other states that have been successful and recommend changes to existing state programs, new programs, or changes in tax policy incentives that could increase job creation in Texas.
- Review the effectiveness of state programs aimed at assisting small business growth and development, including whether the development of a Small Business Commission could lead to a more efficient use of state resources.
- Review the impact of workforce development programs on economic development across the state.
- Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
You can find additional information about the Senate Economic Development Committee, including the full list of interim charges, at http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/commit/c525/c525.htm.
To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process, contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0102 or mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is www.Senate.state.tx.us. The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: firstname.lastname@example.org.