Free Enterprise, Energy, Electricity & Infrastructure Task Force
Objectives: The objective of the Free Enterprise, Energy, and Infrastructure Task Force is to reduce the burden that government places on the private sector economy by repealing unnecessary regulations and restrictions on the free market, while ensuring that the state’s critical transportation and water infrastructure is able to sustain future growth.
Topics: Occupational licensing, state regulation (and federal impact on state regulation), transportation infrastructure and TxDOT sunset process, water infrastructure and markets, Railroad Commission sunset process.
Overview: The Task Force will work with four key objectives in mind:
- Increasing economic freedom and competitiveness by repealing or preventing unnecessary government regulations.
- Ensuring that where government regulation is necessary that it is predictable and treats all competitors equally.
- Assuring that Texas has transportation and water infrastructure that is capable of sustaining future economic growth.
- Rebuffing federal overregulation when it threatens the economic competitiveness of Texas, particularly in the energy sector.
Specifically, the Task Force will revisit previous legislative recommendations related to deregulation of automobile sales, alcoholic beverage sales, and the state’s title insurance marketplace. The Task Force will advocate for continued occupational licensing reform and for expansion of retail electric competition into areas that are currently municipal monopolies (principally Austin and San Antonio).
The Task Force will also monitor and contribute to the sunset processes for the Railroad Commission and the Department of Transportation with a focus on ensuring that Texas’ energy sector can continue to drive the state’s economic growth, underpinned by a robust system of transportation infrastructure. The Task Force will also build on TCCRI’s previous work related to water markets and water infrastructure, including a review of the current status of the State Water Plan and the projects funded by the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT).
Finally the Task Force will continue TCCRI’s efforts to rebuff unnecessary federal regulations, particularly in the energy sector, where the Environmental Protection Agency’s interpretation of its authority under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act threatens the reliability of Texas’ electric grid.