Priority Workforce and Education Bill Passes the Texas House

In 2021 during the 87th Texas Legislature, the Texas Commission on Community College Finance (TCCCF) was formed. The TCCCF’s aim was to establish a state funding formula and finding levels that support the state’s community colleges and workforce training. It is estimated that 60 percent of jobs in Texas over the next decade will require at least an associate degree, so it’s vital to the state’s economy and workforce that our community colleges are operating efficiently.

Many of the TCCCF’s recommendations were included this session in House Bill 8, which includes the following highlights:

  • Establishes a public junior college state finance program through base tier funding plus performance tier funding
  • The performance tier funding is tied to outcomes such as credentials awarded, transferring credits to a four-year institution of higher education, and emphasis on high-demand occupations
  • Creates the Financial Aid for Swift Transfer (FAST) Program for educationally disadvantaged high school students to take dual credit courses through a local community college

The recommendations of the TCCCF and HB 8 have widespread support from the education community. This broad support was reflected in the 146-1 vote in favor of HB 8 taken on the floor of the Texas House this week, sending the legislation to the Texas Senate.

The Fort Worth Chamber will continue to monitor the progress of this bill, as well as other legislation related to education and workforce issues.

Advocacy at Work

The Fort Worth Chamber registered in support of HB 5 on Monday, which was heard by the Ways & Means Committee. The Chamber is signed onto a coalition letter of support for HB 5 with 245+ other Chambers of Commerce, economic development organizations, and other trade associations. No vote was taken by the committee.

The Fort Worth Chamber testified in support of HB 4419 and HB 4539, two bills related to film incentives, in the House Culture, Tourism & Recreation Committee on Thursday. If passed, the legislation would position Texas as a more competitive and attractive place for film productions to locate, bringing tourism and jobs that are currently mostly going out of state.



State and Local


  • April 18: Fort Worth City Council Work Session, 1 p.m.
  • April 21: Government Affairs Committee Meeting
  • April 24: Early voting begins for May 6 Local Entity Election
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