Legislation that will assist HCC to hire local businesses
State Representative Ron Reynolds (Fort Bend County, District 27) is proud to joint author a bi-partisan bill with Representative William “Bill” Callegari. The Representatives filed HB 1373 to provide a platform for public junior colleges to award contracts for certain goods and services to businesses and workers from its local community.
Presently, cities and counties are allowed to give preference to local businesses; for example, the City of Houston’s Hire Houston First Program. Public junior colleges seek the same statutory authority that is currently extended to cities and counties. Institutions like Houston Community College are eager to strengthen their local economies by allowing its citizens’ tax dollars to stay local.
Houston Community College recently passed a $425 million bond referendum in November 2012 that will help create significant economic opportunities for local businesses.
Representative Reynolds agrees, “institutions like Houston Community College spend millions of dollars to maintain and improve infrastructure and provide higher education services and opportunities to its local community. These dollars are made possible by local individuals and business tax payers who greatly contribute to the local economy. There would be an enormous economic benefit by allowing these tax dollars to remain in the local community. I believe that both sides of the aisle can mutually agree that affording preference to local businesses, under the appropriate conditions, is fiscally responsible.”