LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY TODAY- October 10, 2013
Legislative Advocacy Today serves to inform Irving residents and businesses about public policy issues that impact the greater Irving community. The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce advocates for economic freedom and pro-business legislation at all levels of government.
I. Texas Constitutional Amendment Election
II. Vote YES on Proposition 3
III. Vote YES on Proposition 6
IV. Chamber Board passed resolution supporting AA-US Airways merger
V. Irving, Texas named to “Enterprising Cities” report by U.S. Chamber
VI. Chamber calls on Congress to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling
Texas Constitutional Amendment Election
On November 5, 2013, Texas voters will go to the polls to vote on nine amendments to the Texas Constitution.
Each year before a constitutional election, The Texas Legislative Council publishes The Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments. This publication contains a complete background and analysis of each constitutional amendment (called propositions) that will be on your ballot this year.
Click here to learn about the nine propositions that will be on your ballot: http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/pubsconamend/analyses13/analyses13.pdf
The Texas Prosperity Project has an excellent summary of the nine propositions on the November 5th ballot. Click here to read more.
You can click here for a sample ballot.
Texas Constitutional Election Dates
First day of early voting: October 21, 2013
Last day of early voting: November 1, 2013
Election Day: November 5, 2013
Vote YES on Prop 3
The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce is leading a statewide campaign to pass Proposition 3 on November 5, 2013.
To learn more about Prop 3 and how you can help our campaign, please visit www.supportprop3texas.com
How does Prop 3 help Texas?
- Prop 3 is a constitutional amendment that will allow local governments to extend the number of days that aircraft parts can be warehoused in the state without being subject to property taxation.
- Passage of Prop 3 will allow aerospace and aircraft companies, with local government approval, to warehouse parts in the state for up to two years without incurring a property tax penalty.
Why vote “Yes” On Prop 3?
- Texas is a national leader in aerospace and aircraft manufacturing.
- To maintain our competitive standing, we need more aerospace inventory.
- Prop 3 will benefit Texans through job creation, revenue for schools, and economic growth for a critical industry in our state.
- More inventory = more jobs + more local revenue
The Chamber Board unanimously voted to pass a Board Resolution supporting Prop 3. The Chamber encourages all of our members and their employees to actively support and vote for Prop 3 on November 5.
Vote YES on Prop 6
One of the Chamber’s highest legislative priorities during the 83rd Session was the passage of water funding legislation. Thanks to the leadership of the Texas Legislature and Governor, SJR 1 passed and is now on the constitutional amendment ballot as Proposition 6.
Proposition 6 creates a water infrastructure bank that uses $2 billion from the state’s savings account (Rainy Day Fund) to finance water projects around the state.
Here are some clear facts about Prop 6:
PROPOSITION 6 SECURES A LONG TERM WATER SUPPLY FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS
- Does NOT raise taxes on citizens or businesses.
- Protects our growing cities, businesses, farmers and ranchers against future drought.
- Provides the water Texas needs to attract jobs and grow the economy.
- Secures our long-term water needs through conservation efforts and water projects including the construction of new pipelines and reservoirs.
- Provides local control by allowing water districts and municipalities to determine water projects and oversee how the money is being spent.
The Chamber Board voted unanimously to support Prop 6. The Chamber urges all members and their employees to actively support and vote for Prop 6 on November 5.
Board Passes Resolution Supporting AA-US Airways Merger
The Greater-Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors passed a resolution supporting the American Airlines-US Airways merger.
Irving, Texas Named “Enterprising City” by U.S. Chamber
Irving, Texas, is a model for efficient government, business-friendly development, and public-private economic growth initiatives, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
The report, Enterprising Cities, was commissioned by the Foundation and prepared by Praxis Strategy Group. “Enterprise-friendly leadership and policies at the city level can facilitate local economic growth by supporting entrepreneurs and mobilizing effective partnerships for improving the conditions for business and job growth,” said Al Martinez-Fonts, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We need more policies like those implemented by the City of Irving in partnership with the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber to drive stronger growth, competition, and success among businesses across the country.
As a 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, Irving is a recognized business-centric city. The Baldrige Award, typically given to private organizations, is the federal government’s program for organizational quality and sound management practices, administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Irving is the second city recipient since government agencies became eligible in 2007. Irving’s business-oriented approach is highlighted by a set of key best practices: sound fiscal management, citizen feedback, a team culture, strategic planning and process efficiency, community safety, and sustainability. The Enterprising Cities report is available here and Irving’s profile, including an infographic, is available here.
Message to Congress: End the Shutdown and Raise the Debt Ceiling
On September 27, the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce joined 250 other business organizations in calling on Congress to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government and to raise the debt ceiling to prevent default on America’s financial obligations.
Click here to contact your member of Congress today. Tell them thatCongress must act to promptly to pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the government and to raise the debt ceiling and remove any threat to the full faith and credit of the United States government.
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