Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce Supports Efforts To Eliminate Anti-­Competitive TABC Laws

State’s Leading Hispanic Business Organization Calls for Leveling the Playing Field for Texas Retailers

AUSTIN – The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), the state’s leading Hispanic business organization, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in supporting legislation that would eliminate anti-­competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. TAMACC joins TCF alongside Costco, Kroger, Walmart, Brookshire Grocery Company, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Consumer Association, the Texas Retailers Association and free market advocacy groups.

Texans for Consumer Freedom“TAMACC is the leading advocate for more than 600,000 Hispanic businesses in Texas,” said TAMACC Chairman Roland Barrera. “Our members range from small,Texas-based companies to large national companies, all of whom believe and depend on a level playing field. No matter the size of the enterprise, free markets are about fair competition, not a government agency deciding who can and cannot compete.”

Barrera went on to say, “It is surprising that a state considered to be the country’s staunchest defender of free markets excludes companies from owning package liquor stores simply because they are publicly traded. The state of Texas should be encouraging competition, not preventing it.”

“Texans for Consumer Freedom is excited TAMACC has joined our efforts to highlight the most significant free market issue of the 84th Legislative Session,” said TCF spokesman Travis Thomas. “It is unacceptable that Texas is the only state in the nation that allows private companies to own package
liquor stores, but prohibits publicly traded companies from doing so in an effort to restrict competition.”

Thomas went on to say, “Texas consumers deserve and expect the choice and convenience free markets and fair competition provide. We encourage our elected leaders to support SB 609 and HB 1225
and level the playing field.”

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Texans for Consumer Freedom is a registered 501(c)(6) education and advocacy organization of retailers, consumers, and free market advocates committed to eliminating anti-­competitive aspects of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and standing up for fair competition in the retail sale of spirits. For more information, visit www.TexansForConsumerFreedom.com.