Texas Retail Lobby Day is Wednesday, March 29th.
The Texas Retailers Association (TRA) has prepared legislative priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature. Collectively, TRA represents more than 320,000 retail establishments and over 3.5 million jobs across the state. The association supports all levels of Texas retail including grocery stores, chains and single location small businesses.
TRA’s goal is to keep Texas “retail-friendly” and ensure that legislative action is taken to protect business owners so that they can continue to employ hardworking Texans and serve communities across the great state of Texas.
- TRA supports inventory property tax relief and repeal. Texas is one of only seven states that allows local property taxes to be assessed on retail inventories. The other states (Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia) are not states with whom Texas normally competes for new business and economic development opportunities. Additionally, inventory property tax relief is not selective, it benefits large and small businesses equally and attracts greater investment in the Texas economy.
- TRA supports a business friendly regulatory environment. TRA member companies are regulated, licensed, inspected, and taxed by agencies in Texas and appreciate the Legislature’s efforts to continue to make Texas retail friendly. TRA supports regulation that is manageable and that allows our members to provide excellent customer service, top quality products and continued business success in the retail industry. TRA appreciates the various approaches our membership takes to providing these services and supports their efforts to make those choices independently without unnecessary regulatory burdens.
- TRA members support Texas customers and communities. All TRA members want to provide the best service to their customers and communities, and do so in a variety of ways. Many TRA members participate in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) and want to do so as effectively and efficiently as possible to maximize customer experiences. Insuring product availability, particularly fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious food items to our customers while also allowing retailers to manage employees and inventories, is essential in this process. To do so, TRA will advocate to expand the SNAP distribution schedule from its current 15 days to 28 days. This will provide both customers and businesses with a more even and predictable shopping experiences across the state.
The Texas Retailers Association looks forward to working with the state’s leadership and the Texas Legislature on these important priorities on behalf of our state’s retail community during the upcoming session.
If you’d like information on how to become a member of the Texas Retailers Association, please click here.
Join us July 23-24, 2017 at Marriott Champions Circle in Fort Worth, Texas for The Texas Retailers Forum. Our 2017 educational Forum will provide you with timely, topical and quality program sessions and speakers. You will meet with hundreds of retail industry leaders from across the state at networking functions such as our Awards Dinner, networking breaks and, new to this year, a closing night party. For more information and to register, click here.
- Phone(512) 472-8261
- Fax(512) 474-5011
- Address1250 Capital of Texas Hwy. Bldg. 3, Suite 385
Austin, TX 78746