Despite the important contributions of the construction industry to the Texas economy, Texas construction businesses face a challenging market where investing in sustainable business practices can place them at a short-term competitive disadvantage to companies who take short cuts on safety and workforce development.
Poor business practices also result in high costs to taxpayers, homeowners and working families.
Honest Businesses Can’t Compete
While there are many honest contractors out there doing the right thing, they are forced to compete with contractors who break the rules to illegally cut costs and gain an unfair advantage. Dishonest contractors undercut other reputable companies when they:
When unscrupulous employers cut corners, they not only undermine high quality construction, they also make it more expensive for everyone to build. Responsible employers pay higher insurance premiums and unemployment insurance tax rates because other companies fail to cover their workers. This leaves honest builders to clean up the mess and to deal with costly consequences such as liens and slow down in building due to employee injuries.
Taxpayers and homeowners pick up the bill
When dishonest contractors refuse to play by the rules they often leave taxpayers with the bill. When employers:
Working Families Pay the Price
The construction industry plays a vital role in our state’s economy, with nearly 600,000 Texans employed in the industry- thousands of working families depend on construction jobs to pay their mortgage and rent. Honest employers help create necessary and good jobs; they also have a positive impact on the local communities in which they operate by allowing workers to invest in the state’s economy and provide for their families. Unfortunately, employers who refuse to play by the rules hurt honest hardworking families: