At the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC), the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has analyzed the economic impact of Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) on the Texas economy. The Comptroller estimates that Laughlin AFB contributed $1.4 billion to the Texas economy in 2015.
Data used in this analysis was provided by Laughlin AFB to the TMPC, which forwarded it to the Comptroller's Data Analysis staff. Exhibit 1 lists the data submitted by Laughlin AFB for the purposes of this analysis.
Education Impact Aid1 — $159,428
Source: Laughlin Air Force Base 2
Comptroller Data Analysis staff applied data submitted by Laughlin AFB as inputs using the REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) model for the State of Texas to generate estimates of the installation's contributions to state-level employment, gross domestic product, output and disposable personal income (Exhibit 2). 3
|Total employment 4||7,835|
|Gross domestic product 6||$808,890,000|
|Disposable personal income 7||$458,209,000|
Source: REMI Model for Texas
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts recognizes that military installations impact the state economy in tangible ways that may be difficult to measure. Each installation's distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy but, while instrumental to the state's economic growth, cannot always be quantified. Although the estimated contributions presented above provide a strong indicator of the economic importance of JBSA to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state.