Did you know…Texas is the fastest growing state in the United States? According to the Texas State Demographer, the population of Texas increased by 1.3% in 2018. This may seem like a small percentage, but in reality, 2018 brought 379,128 new residents to Texas. What’s more, that number is only expected to rise!

A growing population creates a higher demand for housing. With that in mind, it’s important to protect the rights of both residents and the state’s housing industry. One way to do that is to be involved in public service and make sure your voice is heard by those who impose new laws and regulations. Our team at Morning Star Builders makes it a point to do our part by attending events like the 2019 Texas Association of Builders State Rally. Held at the State Capital on March 20th, Ted and Yvonne Cummins, our Chief Creative Officer and Certified Aging in Place Specialist,  attended the event on behalf of Morning Star Builders.

Ted & Yvonne Cummins | 2019 Texas Capital Rally Day

The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) was founded in 1946. Born out of the desire to address “the housing needs
of the people of Texas by advocating for housing affordability for all,” the association is composed of almost 11,000 members. These members include a range of builders, remodelers, developers and associated member companies from across the state of Texas.

During the 2019 rally, the Greater Houston Builders Association was one of the largest groups in attendance with 170 builders, remodelers and associate members. Proud to represent Morning Star Builders and Houston, Ted and Yvonne joined other members of TAB to meet with local legislators about important issues pertaining to the housing industry. Below are some of the legislative issues discussed during the 2019 Texas Association of Builders Rally Day.

  • The expansion of labor sales tax to residential construction and remodeling
  • Local code product mandates
  • Consistent employment regulations
  • Flooding infrastructure/hurricane damage funding
  • Property tax reform
  • Criminal penalties for disaster scam artists
  • Protecting infrastructure tools necessary to meet growing housing needs
  • Multifamily and tax credit development

Interested in learning more about the 2019 Texas Association of Builders Rally Day? Click here to view the brochure, which provides more information about TAB and the issues addressed during the 2019 rally.