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TCCE ISSUE PAPER - HB4072
DISTRIBUTION OF LOCAL SALES TAX
For decades, the local portion of the Texas sales tax has been collected by businesses, sent to the Comptroller, and returned to cities and counties around the state.
In this brief read about HB 4072 which discusses the collection and distribution of sales tax and how they may change/impact businesses and communities.
TCCE ISSUE PAPER - COVID-19 LIABILITY PROTECTION
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on potential problems in a myriad of areas, i.e., medical, educational, business, etc. One of the topics that is creating increasing concern is liability actions that are being or may be brought on by the pandemic and what protections might be afforded against liability.
In this brief explore the issue of employer liability protection, recent news around the issue, arguments for and against extending this coverage to employers.
TCCE ISSUE PAPER - LOCAL FUNDED ADVOCACY
City- and County-funded advocacy are long-standing practices that refer to when cities, counties, and other local governments or taxing entities lobby the legislature with taxpayer-funded advocacy efforts. This is often done to change to or advocate for beneficial taxpayer policies, such as property tax relief, local reforms, or critical local issues or projects.
In this brief gain understanding of the issue of "taxpayer funded" advocacy and issues in the legislature.
TCCE ISSUE PAPER - THE DREAM ACT
June 25, 2020
The Dream Act, proposed legislation first introduced in 2000, provided the opportunity for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were children to earn legal permanent residence and eventual citizenship. These children built their lives and families here and are considered American in every aspect but their citizenship. Although since then there have been several proposed versions of this Act, all versions provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
In this brief explore the most recent proposal of the Dream Act, pros, cons and potential outcomes for this group of individuals in our communities.
TCCE ISSUE PAPER - WAYFAIR RULING FOR TEXAS
In June of 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled states could collect taxes on internet sales (The Wayfair Ruling). Internet purchases were not exempt from taxes, but in many cases, it looked that way to consumers. Sales taxes, which exist in 41 states, apply to most purchases within the state. The seller has the responsibility to collect the tax and forward the money to the state.
In this brief explore the issues around internet taxation and pros/cons and potential impacts for communities.
TCCE ISSUE PAPER - COMMERCIAL TRUCKING LIABILITY
The trucking industry plays a vital role in the supply chain and distribution system in the United States. As more businesses move to online sales, there is an increasing demand for trucking and delivery services as a critical component of the online business model.
In this brief explore the opportunities and challenges faced by the trucking industry and companies related to litigation involving company vehicles and traffic accidents.
TCCE ISSUE PAPER - RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 PER HOUR
The Fair Labor Standards Act was passed in 1938. Since then minimum wage has been a point of discussion, controversy and debate.
In this article explore background, current issues and potential impacts of recent proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.