GAHCC State Legislative Agenda

Since 1973, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber has been advocating for its members and the Hispanic Community. As a member driven organization, the GAHCC Advocacy Committee has set goal and priorities in support of our small business members. ­­ 


GOALS:

  1. Identify advocacy opportunities for GAHCC membership programs
  2. Prioritize legislative initiatives important to the Austin business community
  3. Advance the mission of GAHCC during the 2019 State Legislative Session

MISSION
To be the leading resource and advocate for the Hispanic Business Community.

PRIORITIES:
86th STATE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Contracting
Support educational programs, training opportunities, and resource development that results in contract awards to Hispanic owned contractors, specifically with infrastructure, facilities and technology procurements of the State of Texas. We want to make it easier for businesses to understand, meet criteria eligibility, and secure State of Texas contracting opportunities.

Workforce Development
The Chamber supports career readiness programs that encourage and incentivize collaboration between school districts, community colleges and employers to address state and regional workforce shortages. The support includes credit for workplace experience and knowledge.

Small Business Development
The Chamber supports pro-business legislation and will champion this agenda on behalf of the Chamber members to provide a vibrant business economy that will allow our business members to th.ti ve. We will work to ensure that our small business members are not burdened with costly regulation that could be detrimental to business development and job creation.

Business Policy Positions / Endorsements

Support:

•    Support efforts to increase the percentage of contracts awarded to minority-owned businesses
•    Support efforts to improve veteran business programs
•    Support legislation which implements consistent regulations that promote regulatory certainty and encourages investment in innovative technologies across Texas
•    Support HUB's (Historically Underutilized Businesses) as a requirement for infrastructure projects
•    Support increased funding for infrastructure projects of the State of Texas including transportation and water resource projects
•    Support an increase in the state's share of public education, therefore reducing the property tax

Oppose

Oppose unnecessary regulations or legal requirements which increase cost, reduce consumer choice, hamper innovation and limit technology advancement and availability.