TNLA Joins ASSET
Coalition advocates policies that strengthen Texas’ small business economy In August 2019, the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association joined the Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas (ASSET), a nonprofit coalition composed of business associations in Texas. TNLA President/CEO Amy Graham talked to TNLA Green about the purpose of ASSET and the work the coalition does on behalf of private industry.
Has TNLA been involved in this public policy, and why is the organization joining ASSET now? As expected, this first round of ordinances alarmed many of our member companies. TNLA has been actively working on behalf of the membership. TNLA approved a policy position against these types of ordinances, and during the recent legislative session, supported numerous bills to address them. Despite clearing one chamber of the legislature, the bills did not pass. Since the legislation fell short, there have been a series of protracted legal battles against each of the cities involved. TNLA’s board approved joining ASSET so we can participate in those cases and be apart of the organized effort to defend the employer-employee relationship against government interference.
What is ASSET, and what is its mission? ASSET is a nonprofit coalition of Texas associations representing all sectors of the private industry. We’ve joined together to keep Texas a great place to do business. The group mobilized because of WE HAVE HEARD, ALMOST Why should TNLA members be concerned the recent employer mandate ordinances UNIVERSALLY, FROM OUR with cities adopting employer mandates? adopted by several major Texas cities. MEMBERS WHO EXPLAIN We have heard, almost universally, from Over the past 18 months, Austin, San THE POTENTIAL COST THESE our members who explain the potential cost Antonio, and Dallas have all adopted their MANDATES ARE GOING these mandates are going to generate for own paid sick leave (PSL) ordinances TO GENERATE FOR THEIR their businesses. Not only is the mandated mandating that employers provide a set BUSINESSES. paid time off itself an expense, but the amount of paid sick leave. This created a compliance costs to ensure they don’t end up getting penalized patchwork regulatory environment across major metropolitan by city governments are a concern. Although we support a areas and has been a nightmare for businesses to figure out business providing as many employee benefits as possible, how to comply. ASSET formed to help the business community each business must make that decision for itself. A blanket coordinate public pushback against cities creating new mandate increases all costs and potentially hurts the ability of mandates on private business.
TNLA Green November/December 2019