“Bathroom bill” would be bad for Texas’ economy
After months of lawmakers repeatedly trying to pass a “bathroom bill” which can be used by public restrooms transgender Texans, many Texas business tycoons told a House committee that such a law would be a setback for Texas’ economy in the future.
The House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness, which was established by House Speaker Joe Straus as a result of the special session this summer, is tasked with doing individual businesses in the start-up stage continues to come to Texas. The members heard positive feedback from business leaders like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim, real estate developer Ross Perot Jr. and others on ways different policies would have an impact on their businesses and the future of the state.
“The objective is to make sure that we have a competition going forward,” committee chairman Rep. Byron Cook, was quoted. R-Corsina. “If you believe we have everything in place and it’s perfect, then let us know, but if not, let us know what the challenges are.”
Cuban summed up the testimony from many business leaders at the hearing succinctly: “I may not care where you pee.”
He stated that when states take divisive stances on issues that are politically related such as LGBT rights, it might likely discourage bigger companies from relocating.
“When you get to companies that are large enough, you’ll surely find somebody who is transgender, as an example, who’s very good. How will they, in normal conscience, go to places that person would be in a risky situation? He said.
Also, the panel analyzed how to attract business to the state, with the North Texas’ as an example. The recent Amazon’s new headquarters bid. Mayor Jeff Cheney was quoted during the bid process he learned how crucial local control is to cities.
“I got to understand about every city in our region and exactly how different and real they are,” Cheney said. “So one-size-fits-all approaches to legislation do not work in cases of cities because we are not the same, we all have our separate goals.”
Another topic that was discussed was Texas’ stance on illegal immigration. Perot challenged Texas’ delegation in Congress to approve legislation to help fix the state’s immigration issues and labor shortages.
“It is important we have more guest workers to come in, and we need enough legal labor to join us, to help feed the economy,” Perot said. “The delegation from Texas should lead that effort in Congress in the quest to bring an immigration bill that can help in fixing the high end, the low end of the immigration issues.”
Another recurring theme that was brought up before the panel was promoting infrastructure and education growth, a more traditional way to be friendly in business.
Cuban said that in a future that holds robots and autonomous cars, adjusting to a brand new technology will be vital.
“One of the sayings I love is, ‘We don’t live in a world we were born into,” he said. “If you think about the way the world was when you came to this world, everything has changed. To believe that we’re not going to see enough change going forward is shortsighted.”
The panel will hold a second hearing on Dec. 5, and present its findings back to Straus by Dec 12.