March 21, 2019

Tab Rally Day Round Up

On Wednesday, March 20, the HBA joined hundreds of other builders from across the state at the TAB Rally Day.  Rally Day is our industry’s day to come together at the Texas Capitol and meet with legislators on issues that are important to our business.

The day started out with a rally on the south steps of the capitol, where the audience heard from TAB leadership and executives about the importance of our presence at the capitol.  We also heard from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar who gave a quick update on the financial health of the state, as well as the importance of residential construction to the state’s economy. 

After the rally, the HBA joined members from the Temple HBA and the Hill Country HBA at Scholz Bier Garten for a joint BBQ lunch.  Justin MacDonald, the current past-president of TAB, addressed the group, thanking them for their participation at this important event.

After lunch, the group headed back to the capitol for a quick photo, before breaking out into teams for the various legislative appointments.  At these meetings with local state representatives and senators, the teams highlighted key issues facing the building industry during this legislative session.  There are many pieces of legislation impacting builders, including but not limited to:

  • Property tax reform
  • Housing affordability
  • Local product mandates
  • Workforce development

The teams left behind two handouts outlining specific legislative priorities from both TAB and our local HBA.  The day wrapped up with a legislative reception at the Driskill where members were able to mix and mingle with legislators and their staff.

This year’s Rally Day was a huge success—the legislative offices were very interested in learning about the things that are important to builders and housing in the state of Texas.  The HBA would like to thank all of the participants, as it is critical that our voices be heard at the capitol as lawmakers make decisions that affect how our members do business.  We hope to see you at the next Rally Day in 2021!

For questions or more information contact Government Affairs & Public Policy Director David Glenn.