“A gaming version of the Great Wolf Lodge.”
The casino lobby in Texas has poured millions into lawmakers’ campaign coffers. Will it be enough?
Yet both the Democrat and Republican party platforms oppose “economic incentive” programs like Chapter 313 property tax abatements.
“The governor, the city councilmen, county commissioners, and school board trustees can take money from Texas taxpayers and give it to politically connected businesses.”
In addition to property taxes, the House Ways and Means Committee will hear public testimony this Thursday on Chapter 313, Texas’ controversial corporate welfare program.
Though the program expires at the end of the year, Phelan says lawmakers will take a “long, hard look” at bringing it back.
In return, the company promised to build a 450,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.
With 34 Republican candidates in the May runoff elections for the state Legislature, Texas Scorecard asked candidates whether they support ending corporate welfare.
Renewed criticism was placed on the 313 program this year, as many of the unreliable wind farms that failed during the February winter storm were beneficiaries.
Conservative activists organize and rally to express priority needs in Texas, yet so-called Republican lawmakers in the Texas Legislature routinely do the opposite. The House Republican Caucus chairman might be one reason that is the case.