As Legislative Session Heats Up, New Allies Voice Opposition to Ch 313 Substitute Bill

Only weeks before the end of the legislative session, language for House Bill 5 (the substitute bill for Chapter 313) was finally made public.  As proposed, HB would be less transparent and significantly more costly than Chapter 313, with no sunset provision in place to force a review. 

Labor allies, environmental groups and public policy nonprofits have joined the Texas IAF-led effort to oppose the renewal of Chapter 313.  And this week, independent editorials opposing the bill have been published by the Houston Chronicle and Austin American Statesman.

[Photo Credit: Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle

Coalition of Organizations Oppose HB 5 - Chapter 313 Renewal, Texas IAF [pdf]
Editorial: House Bill Rewards Companies at Expense of Our Schools, Austin American Statesman [pdf]

Editorial: Why Texas' New Chapter 313 Tax Break is Even Worse Than Before, Houston Chronicle [pdf]

House Proposal to Replace Chapter 313 Economic Incentive Program Excludes Clean EnergyAustin American Statesman [pdf]

Pros, Cons of Replacement for Chapter 313 Incentives Vigorously Debated at Texas Capitol, Austin Business Journal [pdf]

Plan to Revive Texas' Corporate Tax Breaks Adds More Lucrative Incentives, Eases Job Requirements, Houston Chronicle [pdf]