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State Representative District 11

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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    Alec Johnson

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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.

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Age 66
Education B.A., cum laude, Economics UMass/Boston 1983. Some graduate work at MIT.
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The most critical issue facing Texas is the same issue facing the world: the growing threat of Global Warming. Texas has a ring side seat for the worst that Global Warming has to offer: fire, flood, and drought. All three have visited this state in recent years. Global Warming super-charged Hurricane Harvey and the carnage it brought remain a fresh memory. Going forward Harvey will be the norm, not the exception. Texas enjoys the greatest renewable energy potential in the nation. Texas Wind Power alone could power our entire country. Texas could be the salvation of our nation. The renewable energy sector is the fastest growing sector in the country. Embracing our Clean Energy future will allow us to secure the future our children deserve. I will tirelessly explore and champion every legislative solution that helps Texas lead our nation in renewable energy development.
The current leadership in Austin has walked away from public education creating the funding crisis we witness today. Texas used to fund about 50% of statewide education. That percentage has dropped to about 38%, but when we factor in funds diverted to charter schools, that figure drops to %31. Estimates for fiscal year 2019 have that dropping to 35% without discounting further for charter school diversions. This places a huge burden on local governments and homeowners who pay skyrocketing property taxes. A major loophole the legislature could easily close would be to end the misnamed "Equal and Uniform" rule governing appraisals for property tax calculations. Corporations are able to dodge paying their fair share while homeowners pay based on full valuations. We also need to address the statewide school funding formulas to ensure they are far more equitable. All in all, we can and should do much better.
I absolutely do believe America has a problem with gun violence. Every year we lose about 35,000 American to gun violence and thousands more are injured. I'm a responsible gun owner and support the Second Amendment. My campaign received a "Candidate's Distinction" from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. I co-founded the Texas Candidates for Gun Sense organization. My plan to tackle the problem is to fully support Mom's Demand Actions plan for sensible gun reform. I oppose the NRA's "Guns Everywhere" policies and believe we need to support responsible gun owners and those who recognize the urgent need for sensible gun reform. I'm particularly concerned about school safety. Never during the entire time I attended school did I ever worry about dying in a hail of gunfire. The same was true when I sent my own children to school. I never feared for their lives. Today not a single parent, student, or teacher can fail to be concerned for their safety. Clearly there's an urgent need for action.
Almost every other major industrialized democracy recognizes healthcare as a right and provides it to their citizens. The United States is the exception. I believe we should move swiftly towards adopting some form of a Single-Payer system. The Achilles heal of the ACA is its dependence on private insurers providing healthcare. Guaranteeing coverage for pre-existing conditions was a major area the ACA improved upon. The Trump administration's efforts to dismantle it, without putting an improvement on the table is a major step backwards. Recently Trump wrote an Op-Ed in USA Today that was riddled with half-truths and outright falsehoods. The GOP has no credible alternative to the ACA and the health of tens of millions of Americans will suffer. A study conducted by the Koch Brothers arrived at a conclusion the Koch's, no doubt, didn't like. It reported that a Single Payer system would save the country about $2 trillion. Single-payer is the clear solution that we should embrace.
The State budget has been on a downward spiral for sometime and grows less and less able to attend to the many challenges Texas faces. We need to move in a direction that will reverse this and should consider major changes in taxation to improve equity and develop surpluses to address urgent problems. I propose these three measures:

1. Increase the minimum wage to a $15/hour Living Wage. This would not only dramatically increase demand and overall economic performance and it would increase much needed revenue. 2. We must institute sunset reviews for tax cuts and eliminate those that no longer serve a useful purpose. We should definitely eliminate the "Equal & Uniform" rule governing property appraisals. 3. We should embrace the Clean Energy economy I mention above. More citizens means more citizens vulnerable to the ravages of Global Warming. It also means more hands able to roll up their sleeves and do the important work of protecting our children's future.
I agree with Congressman Beto O'Rourke. I share his beliefs and support his policy recommendations. Trump is intentionally stoking racist fears about non-white immigration in a divisive move that shames our nation that once built the Statue of Liberty. The border wall is ridiculous and unnecessary. We've enjoyed peaceful relations with Mexico for centuries. The border we share has never been more secure.

DREAMers should be granted immediate citizenship and we should create a humane path towards citizenship, which I know, for a fact, does not exist today. We must end the militarization of our immigration enforcement system, and close private immigration prisons and detention centers that profit from locking up families. We should ensure that those who come to our borders seeking refuge from violence and persecution are given a fair opportunity to present their claims and guaranteed due process under our laws. We have much to gain by letting our humanity inform immigration policy.
When I was about seven my family was visiting my Dad's parents in Florida. My grandfather borrowed a horse from a neighbor and I got to ride it. I had never ridden a horse before and was thrilled with the excitement. The horse ran under a tree and I was knocked out of the saddle. My parents found me on the ground in tears. I wasn't crying because I was scared or slightly bruised, although I was. It was because I was desperate to get back on the horse. In short order, I remounted and continued to ride the horse and was filled with the joy of it. Looking back I've come to realize that this was a revealing moment about my true character. Although knocked down, as we all are, from time to time, in our lives, I'm always eager to get back in the saddle. It reminds me of this quote from Churchill, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." I always seem to find the courage to get back in the saddle and continue.