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Committee: House Economic and Small Business Development
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Automobiles | Biotechnology industry | Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas | Economic development | Economic development incentives | Entrepreneurship | Manufacturing | Margins tax | Research and development tax incentives | Small businesses | Tax incentives | Technology transfer and commercialization | Texas Emerging Technology Fund | University research | Vocational education | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 Ec74h
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [90 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine previous Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) grants awarded for cancer-related research. Determine whether future awards for similar projects are appropriate for the ETF program or whether they should be considered by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
2. Examine the impact of research at state universities on the state economy. Identify ways to increase the partnership opportunities between private business and research institutions to enhance the commercialization of newly discovered technology. (Joint with the House Committee on Higher Education)
3. Examine the state's efforts to encourage new business growth and retain existing businesses in order to strengthen our state's economy. Determine whether a consolidated approach to statewide economic development would be more effective.
4. Examine the economic impact of the automobile industry in Texas and the state's ability to compete with other states for future automotive manufacturing facilities. Identify policies, regulations, and current statutes that either hinder or facilitate job growth and investment by the automotive industry. Review opportunities available to partner manufacturers' research and development with Texas colleges and universities, including technology enhancements in safety or alternative fuel systems.
5. Examine Texas' industry cluster initiatives in an effort to remain competitive in today's economic development arena. Review the implementation of recommendations made by the Governor's Competitiveness Council and consider new recommendations for Texas to remain an economic development leader.
6. Examine current economic development programs available in urban areas in Texas and other states. Report on successful programs and make legislative recommendations for innovative economic development programs. (Joint with the House Committee on Urban Affairs)
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature, with specific attention to the implementation of HB 2457 (82R), regarding the oversight of the Emerging Technology Fund.
8. Study and make recommendations for significantly improving the state's manufacturing capability.
Committee: House Ways and Means
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Ways & Means, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Administrative Hearings, State Office of | Appraisal review boards | Business taxes | Cable telecommunications providers | Comptroller of Public Accounts campaigns and elections | Margins tax | Property tax exemptions | Sales tax exemptions | Sales taxes | Satellite communications | State administrative hearings | Tax appraisals |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 W368
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [128 pages  File size: 1,365 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the revised franchise tax and identify changes to simplify the tax and improve compliance and fairness.
2. Examine the state's major tax exemptions to determine how the current costs and benefits compare with the original legislative objectives. Make recommendations for adjustments as needed.
3. Study methods for improving the quality and uniformity of, and communications to taxpayers about, property tax appraisals.
4. Evaluate the impact of the transfer of administrative law judges from the Comptroller's Office to the State Office of Administrative Hearings on the dispute resolution process.
5. Study the tax structure as applied to cable versus satellite service to determine if any unfair competition results from state tax policies.
6. Monitor the implementation of property tax appraisal and alternative valuation appeal reforms enacted by the 81st Legislature.
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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