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Texas House District 130

2-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.

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    Roy Eriksen
    (L)

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    Fred Infortunio
    (Dem)

  • Tom Oliverson
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

Age 40
Education Texas A&M University
Website www.royeriksen.com
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Education - This actually entails a two prong approach. Affordable healthcare for educators and resolve the funding issues of our public school system. I would file one or two bills, if necessary. The first piece of legislation would be centered around education. The bill would be designed to make healthcare for educators more affordable, boost public education funding and end the [State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness] and other standardized testing that is currently mandated and affecting both student and school district performance. If legislators are unwilling to come together and address the unfair funding issues in our school system, then I will work to restore funding to pre-2008 levels (inflation adjusted). This will allow school districts to have resources available to hire and rehire qualified teachers, pay competitive salaries, enhance the student learner experience, security, building enhancements and more.
The status quo on the issue of public school funding is flawed and we must look at alternative approaches to solving the funding problems for our school districts. The status quo isn't working and it is affecting our teachers and the students they teach. Please refer to the previous question as to what I would do specifically to help resolve this problem.
America does not have a problem with gun violence. I am a firm believer in maintaining my 2nd Amendment right to bears arms, as written in the US Constitution. Any infringement on this is unacceptable in my view.
The government should stay out of the health care business. Premiums have skyrocketed as a result of the ACA becoming law. Socialized medicine is not the answer to lowering healthcare costs and ensuring everyone that wants medical coverage, can get it. What our government can do to make it easier for its citizens to get and pay for coverage is expanding Health Savings Accounts, allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, and make health care more personal, portable, and affordable.
Infrastructure Tax Revenue Competitive Pay
We need to do our part to ensure our border is secure - this includes adding more security with more vehicles, intelligence resources, and officers. Further, we need to create a task force to combat human trafficking and drugs coming into our state. We must also coordinate with ICE to make sure criminal aliens are captured and deported back to their home country. Finally - we must pass legislation that makes creating sanctuary cities illegal and local officials who refuse to enforce such a law, criminally liable and culpable for any crime that happens as a result for refusing to enforce such a law.

I fully support legal immigration and finding a pathway to citizenship for those that are currently in our state legally and contributing to society in a meaningful way.
Many of my teachers have had tremendous impact on me and have helped me become the person I am today. I would not be where I am today, without their guidance....and I can not thank them enough.
Age 67
Education BS, MS-Chemical Engineering; MBA-Finance Doctorate Management - Safety Culture
Campaign Phone 609-828-8454
Website www.drfredfortexashouse.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/Dr.Fred.Infortunio
Twitter @Dr_Infortunio
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There are several critical issues facing Texan, I believe the most important is the expanding of Medicare and the reinstatement of Medicaid. These will affect the lives of Texans most quickly. The Maternal death rate and infant mortality rates in Texas are some of the worst in the nation. Since the previous legislature and the Governor have hampered the ability of Texans to obtain medical aid, this will be a difficult process. Depending upon the makeup of the new leadership, there are several ways that these problems need to be explored. This would include holding up all other legislation until we can help the people of Texas.
School systems have a long term return similar to any infrastructure. The school funding problem in Texas is disgraceful, the present Texas Republican legislators are violating the Texas constitution requirements for funding of the schools. I would demand an immediate restoration in the paying of the state's mandated 50% share of the school budgets. This would include the redistribution of the tax burden away from citizen real-estate taxes and appropriate property taxes on businesses. The tax policy in Texas is extremely regressive and it unfairly burdens the middle class and the poor. Irrational uneducated leaders that feed “greed” destroys the social surplus. The Republican greedy tax laws destroys the social surplus. Their catering to the wealthy destroys the attainment of the common good opportunities for Texans. Fair and updated taxation of the extraction of natural gas and oil will go a long way to helping make Texas solvent enough to support the school and infrastructure.
Yes there is a problem with gun violence in the US and in TX. Those in TX that have valid carry/concealed carry licenses like myself are not the problem. The problem is when those that should not own a gun have access to guns. I believe that every gun transfer should be recorded through a FFL dealer, with a maximum cost of $20 chargeable by a FFL holder. This includes guns transferred through gifts, and through estates. The background checks provided through the federal system have proven to be valuable in keeping guns out of the hands out of the people that are dangerous. All gun owners should be required to carry a minimum of $30,000 in liability insurance for the accidental or justified use of a gun. This will protect the gun owners and the public. I presently carry over $1,000,000 in insurance that attaches to my home policy. I believe the extra cost is minimal at less than $100 per year.
The ACA was the first good step to providing fairly good coverage at reasonable and controlled prices to the citizens of this country. The Republican leaders have consistently attempted to reduce the number of people covered by the ACA and they have caused the costs to rise. The ACA as originally developed was not perfect, but the continual impediments put in place by the Republicans have reduced the value of the ACA. There should be an affordable healthcare program that covers all citizens in the USA. Good healthcare will improve the common good and it will pay for itself. It is like infrastructure. It adds to the value and functioning of society. Other countries have functioning healthcare systems, we are derelict in providing for the good of society. A healthy society makes everyone wealthier - even the rich.
The school systems an the infrastructure systems in the state take the burden of the influx of people in the state. As mentioned above the regressive tax system should be restructured to properly fund the school systems and the wealthy, that benefit form the influx of the citizens should be brought to share in paying the cost of the benefits that the growing population. "Texas is a Business Friendly State", but we can't keep burdening the middle class with cost of the business. We are business friendly , but we kill the customers with taxes and pollution. The TCEQ has been hamstrung by the transfer of funds ($20,000,000) from their budget 2-3 years ago to the Texas Pregnancy Centers which do not provide real counseling to pregnant women. An important addition to the funding of the school systems is the imposition of an impact fee on all residential buildings. These monies paid in by the builders is to be dedicated to the ISD expansion funds. These costs will be amortized.
Obviously, the influx of people coming across the border, has to be managed. In the first part , these people are providing a significant part of the growth of the State of Texas. Since we can not really stop the influx, the control and documentation of these people will provide the people to work the low end jobs in society. Issuing work permits. and methods of taxation, including immigrant contribution fees - like an flat income tax on them - which is used to pay the school systems and the medical services that they rely on. I am not wise enough to provide an optimized system, but the existing irrational system needs to be fixed. It benefits no one and the true costs are difficult to measure.

I lived in a large city an was luck enough to go to my grandmother's house during the summer. I worked in the city an I worked at the farms. I learned about the differences in culture. Further, with a several hundred acre farm adjacent to my grandmother's house, I learned about guns and shooting at a young age. I was fortunate enough to go to a parochial grammar school and a special city high school (Brooklyn, Technical HS). Each provides it's own benefits. I was also able to compare the education benefits and systems of each of the types of schools. I observed the differences in the education systems for the general city schools that my friends attended. I also played many of the street games and I was a member of a band which taught me the value of team work. Several hundred people, of different, races, rationalities, and religions coexisted in close proximity , and we all got along.

I am a team player that believes in the value of the Common Good.

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