Texas Governor Greg Abbott is supporting a bill in the Texas Legislature that is designed to boost the state's semiconductor industry. He joined several state lawmakers for an event in Austin to announce the Texas CHIPS Act.
"In recent years, Texas has risen to be number one in the United States of America for semiconductor manufacturing," Gov. Abbott said. He also said the state needs to take steps to keep that position and grow on the international stage.
"This is a global race for technology dominance," he said. "This is a race that Texas must win."
The Texas CHIPS Act would create the Texas Semiconductor Innovation Consortium. That group would promote semiconductor research, design and manufacturing. The bill would also encourage schools to develop classes and job training programs for the industry and set up the Texas Semiconductor Innovation Fund to help schools seeking semiconductor manufacturing and design projects.
Also supporting the bill are Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman, House Appropriations Chair Dr. Greg Bonnen, as well as Senator Brian Birdwell, Representative Angie Chen Button, Representative John Kuempel, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp and University of Texas President Jay Hartzell.
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