Texas House Will Study Workplace Competitiveness

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today appointed a special interim committee to look into the skills training received by Texans students, and whether the state's workforce readiness is prepared for the jobs of the future, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

“It’s time to reassert that Texas is fully committed to private-sector growth,” said Straus (R-Alamo Heights).

“Our state has a stellar record of attracting and creating jobs over the years. We should be proud, but we should not be complacent. We cannot just assume that jobs are destined to come here.”

Straus said the committee will also talk with CEOs, and look into why they chose to locate or not locate thier operations in Texas.

He says the committee will also look into issues like workforce readiness, infrastructure, and state and local economic development tools.

Straus says it is also important to make sure that companies and skilled workers feel they are reaching their full potential in Texas and that there are the amenities which are needed to keep them here.

The House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness will report its findings later this year.

The committee is headed by one of Straus' key lieutenants in the State House, State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) who is head of the House State Affaris Committee.

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