CTI and Texas IAF Return to the Texas Capitol to Fight Big Industry's Efforts to Revive 'Vampire' Corporate Giveaway Bill


"HB5 takes the failed and destructive Chapter 313 corporate giveaway program and makes it worse: worse for taxpayers, worse for schools, worse for workers, and worse for the environment. It is shameful to think that the Legislature might pass an expansion of a failed and corrupt program that benefited multibillion-dollar multinational corporations to the tune of now $31 billion at the expense of Texas taxpayers and 95% of the students in the state. Rather than creating a real economic development strategy, industry lobbyists are taking crony capitalism to its greatest heights in the form of HB5. House Republicans and Democrats need to stop it in its tracks. Texas taxpayers and voters will be watching." - Jose Guerrero, CTI [Central Texas Interfaith] leader - Austin Business Journal

“As a result of this policy, taxpayers are on the hook for an estimated $31 billion, according to the comptroller.  In a demonstration analysis of “winners and losers,” the Texas IAF took the $1billion a year that taxpayers spend on Chapter 313 agreements, and instead ran it through the per student funding formulas for each district in the state. We found that 95% of students in Texas are in districts that lose potential funding because corporations are not paying their fair share of taxes due to Chapter 313 agreements.”  - Eloiso Davila, EPISO/Border Interfaith leader - El Paso Matters

New Texas Incentives Program Tweaked as It Advances at Capitol, Austin Business Journal [pdf]

Opinion: Texas Shouldn’t Bring Back this Corporate Welfare Vampire, El Paso Matters [pdf]


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]


Dracula Himself Testifies in Support of House Bill 5 [Chapter 313]

Dracula from Transylvania (played by Everett Lunning of Central Texas Interfaith) testifies that he loves HB 5 because it has risen from the grave to suck the lifeblood out of the Texas public and economy.