Texas

  • Project Labor Agreements

    No state policy. However, there is a prohibition in place that states a project may not be awarded for state-funded work based on a person or company’s membership in any association, etc., which may indirectly ban union-only PLAs.

  • Prevailing Wage

    Yes; no monetary threshold.

  • Right to Work

    Yes.

  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Statute authorizes the use of P3s on horizontal and vertical construction projects. Unsolicited bids are accepted, but through a competitive bid process.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Skills Development Fund – Allows employers to partner with 2-year public community or technical colleges so that the colleges may provide training to employees, although funding never goes straight to associations or employers. The colleges are the eligible applicants, grantees, primary training providers, fiscal agents and they administer the grants. It is also possible for the colleges to partner with industry groups to identify and customize the curriculum and deliver a portion of the training.

  • Career and Technical Education

    70% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges or careers.

    Texas does recognize NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • 5-Year Average Job Growth Rate (2011-16)

    4.3%.

Monthly Unemployment Rate in Texas

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: Payment must be made no later than the 35th day after the date the owner receives the request.
Public: Payment must be made 31 days after invoice.
Subs:
– Private: The prime must pay subs and subs must pay lower tiers within 7 days.
– Public: The prime must pay sub and sub must pay prime within 10 days.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

Statute requires state agencies, contractors, and institutions of higher education to use E-Verify.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction

5.0%.

Incidence Rate in Construction (2013)

3.3

Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

Federal oversight.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction

2.1%.

Marijuana Legalization Status

Fully illegal.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage (2016)

7.25

Percentage of Pensions Funded

76%

Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate

1.67%

Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)

0% (Tax on Gross Receipts)

Capital Spending % As Share of Total State Spending (2013)

6.4%