Texans for Economic Progress Rotating Header Image

TEP Focus

Look before you leap to conclusions on data privacy

Is all of this hysteria a case of big bad business or just another tale of boring government regulatory oversight?   We live in a frenzied world where headlines whizz by our screens at an incredible rate. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up on the top news of the day much less dive in and […]

April 12, 2017 in Blog, TEP Focus

SXSW is almost here and Austin still waits for better WiFi

With South by Southwest (SXSW) upon us, it is as apparent as ever that we must continue to emphasize investment in Austin’s technology sector. Despite the progress that’s been made under the leadership of Mayor Adler, there are still significant steps to be taken to ensure that companies are able to invest in the very […]

March 7, 2017 in Blog, TEP Focus

Texas Legislative Session: A Look Back

The 84th Legislative Session concluded on June 1 after an action-packed 140 days.  A new Governor and Lt. Governor, in addition to many first-term elected officials, provided a new sense of adventure and an opportunity to educate and advocate for tech policy prioritization. Texans for Economic Progress always welcomes the opportunity to elevate important policy […]

July 1, 2015 in Blog, Economic Progress, TEP Focus

A Civil Discussion

By: Chelsea McCullough, Executive Director, Texans for Economic Progress Last fall, as I was seated next to Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai on the stage at Texas A&M University in College Station, I took a moment to reflect. Even at the peak of the debate on the future of Internet infrastructure, which was simplistically referred […]

May 27, 2015 in Blog, TEP Focus

TEP quoted in Financial Times

It seems that everyone is talking about Texas!  Financial Times recently did a spotlight on Austin and TEP ED Chelsea McCullough took the opportunity to weigh in on how important tax and regulatory policy is to creating a strong economy. “Part of the attraction is the state’s business friendly environment, says Chelsea McCullough, executive director […]

May 12, 2015 in Blog, TEP Focus, TEP In The News

Leadership in Action

TEP has been busy in April. In addition to staying close to the Capitol in Austin, we hit the road to visit our friends across the state. Earlier this month, TEP Chairman Robert Howden visited Waco, Texas and had the pleasure of attending a town hall meeting featuring US Congressman Bill Flores. Coming from the […]

April 27, 2015 in Blog, TEP Focus

TEP’s Watch-List – 2015 Legislative Session in Full Swing

One third of the way through the 84th legislative session, our state is nearing a crossroads. The population of Texas is predicted to double by 2050, and one simple question is prominent—can Texas hold ’em? As our state is forced to innovate to keep pace with our explosive growth, the role of technology has never been […]

March 17, 2015 in Blog, Infrastructure, TEP Focus

TEP Talks Taxes in Texas CEO Magazine

Aligning Texas’ Tax System With Our Modern Economy A PRIMER ON TAX POLICY FOR THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION No one likes to talk taxes. Fewer like to talk about legislative policy. But almost everyone likes to talk about innovation and the incredible advancements we are experiencing at the hand of technology. So how do we […]

March 2, 2015 in Blog, TEP Focus, TEP In The News

Moving Forward

We’ve been talking a lot about Title II and we’ve been pretty clear in our position against over-reaching regulation that’s sure to threaten network investment and stymie innovation. Novel headline hunters and unfortunate partisan politics hijacked the reality of how applying Title II regulations to the Internet will impact the technology community. Of course we […]

February 26, 2015 in Blog, Infrastructure, TEP Focus

Tech, Taxes & Texas

So a lot happened last week. On the evening of Tuesday, February 17, Governor Abbot gave his first State of the State address where he “laid out an ambitious agenda for the next two years” and outlined five top priorities. Two of those priorities are directly related to tech including tax relief for Texas businesses and […]

February 24, 2015 in Blog, Infrastructure, TEP Focus