Insider's Report Vol. 10 No. 25
This past week, my efforts to support businesses and protect local control were recognized by two of the most respected organizations charged with promoting these policy interests.
The Texas Association of Business has designated me a “Champion for Free Enterprise” for my efforts during the 84th Session. TAB’s highest legislative distinction recognizes my authorship of a 25% across-the-board business tax cut while protecting the small business franchise tax exemption.
This award also acknowledges my efforts to pass a fiscally responsible state budget that limits spending well below population and inflation growth, while supporting funding for high quality PreK, protections for our industrial sector, tort reform, increased school accountability, greater transparency in healthcare, drug testing for unemployment benefits, and several other pieces of legislation critical to maintaining Texas’ strong economy and business-friendly climate.
The Texas Municipal League has also selected me to receive their "Legislator of the Year" award. In its recent announcement, TML expressed appreciation of my consistent advocacy on behalf of municipal authority throughout the session when numerous attempts were made to erode local control. Further, it acknowledged my understanding that taxpayers' best recourse for change is at the local level. Instead of consolidating power at the state level, my work was guided by the philosophy that decisions are best left locally in the hands of the taxpayers.
This past session, I had the distinct honor of serving as Speaker Pro Tem and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, positioning me to enact historical reforms that protect and further strengthen our state's economy, while making the cost of living and doing business in Texas more affordable and desirable. I am grateful for the support of these two important organizations in making the recent 84th Session one of the most successful for Texas businesses and taxpayers in recent history.