On May 6, 2011, the McKinney Board of Directors acted on the recommendation of the Chamber’s Government and Legislative Issues Committee and approved a resolution supporting Texas House Bill 400.
Dr. J.D. Kennedy, Superintendent of the McKinney Independent School District attended the GLI Committee meeting and provided an overview of Texas House Bill 400. He stated that passage of HB 400 would give school districts more flexibility they need to manage personnel costs and staffing levels in these difficult economic times.
Personnel costs account for a large portion of the budgets of Texas school districts. Interested parties believe that, due to a lack of flexibility in staffing and to administrative expenditures that do not directly benefit student academic achievement, districts have a limited ability to manage revenue shortfalls and to best meet the needs of students. H.B. 400 seeks to address issues relating to the flexibility for public schools to administer primary and secondary education efficiently, including, among other provisions, teacher contracting, class size limits, and various administrative requirements.
The Chamber recognizes the importance of a well-educated workforce and the strong school systems that educate our students and contribute to our community’s success.
Also during the May 6th GLI meeting, reviewed a request for support of Texas House Bill 3610 and its companion bill in the Texas Senate Bill 1693. Utility companies currently present requests to recoup their capital investments once every five to ten years. The bills will align the way the PUC treats electric distribution investments with the way it has treated transmission investments for more than a decade, allowing one periodic rate adjustment filing per year for electric distribution invested capital.
Funding an electric grid that keeps pace with population growth, economic development and technology means improving the state’s current regulatory processes; and Texas legislators have the opportunity to confirm the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to adopt a rule allowing one periodic rate adjustment filing per year, thereby creating a process that is more predictable, less litigious.
Recognizing that utility infrastructure and predictable cost are key to continued economic development, this recommendation was also approved by the Board of Directors in a resolution supporting passage of the bills.