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Texas House District 133

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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    Sandra G. Moore
    (Dem)

  • Jim Murphy
    (Rep)

  • Marty Schexnayder
    (Dem)

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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 69
Education Masters (psychology), University of Windsor, 1971
Campaign Phone 713.686.4212
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Public school education is THE most important facing Texans throughout the state. Austin has lowered the amount of money it sends to school districts by 10% and schools make up the difference by increasing property taxes. BUT...they are falling behind other states dramatically. Mike Collier want to raise corporate taxes by applying the Equal and Uniform Appraisal Act fairly. He would advocate for removal of the Appeals process on new buildings that allows them to be taxed at the same rate as older buildings in less desirable locations. I support this because it would put 5 billion dollars into education. I also support the increase in the franchise, aka margin, tax. As a small business owner I pay this tax and understand it well. This would add another 2 billion. Now districts would have money for special education the way it once did. Because school districts are so cash strapped the 10% of students eligible for special interventions are being denied.
Now that districts would have enough money we can then look at the issue of bilingual education and how best to address the education of students whose understanding of English is limited. We could also address the issue of "teaching to the tests." This is an abysmal failure that resulted in teachers leaving in droves. So we need to make teaching a high status position by increasing salaries to 500-600% of poverty level. Then we need to once again allow for teacher creativity. Right now creative teachers are punished in their evaluations if they deviate from the curriculum in any way despite the fact that their students had the best performance. Lesser performing teachers need to observe what the creative teachers are doing. With more money we could then encourage outreach to parents in economically disadvantaged areas. There could be a liaison to facilitate this. Right now parents are the ones who urge teachers to address issues but if a parent is undereducated themselves it's hard!
We need common sense gun legislation that would ban bump stocks. We need to enforce laws regarding domestic abusers and access to guns.. We could raise the age to purchase a gun at age 19 AFTER a lot of training, just the way is done with drivers licenses. There could be a graduated level of gun purchase. I like a background check. It can be difficult to determine who has a mental illness but once that is done guns ought not be available. Suicide by gun is a leading cause of death among profoundly depressed individuals. In the same way that we need a drivers license to drive a car, I think that the purchase of a gun should require a permit. I know the NRA hates these ideas but these would in no way diminish the rights attached to the second amendment. Freedom of speech has limitations, irresponsibly shouting "fire" in a crowded building, and the second amendment must also have qualifiers. Assault weapons need to be banned or one should demonstrate need as with Medicaid.
Health care ought to be seen as a fundamental right for everyone provided by the federal, state, and county governments just like public education. Therefore, Texas should expand Medicaid. We have the highest number of uninsured adults and children. We also have the highest number of teen pregnancies. While Medicaid continues for the baby it is often cut off for the mother, especially if she is 19. Our maternal mortality rate, also the highest in the country, related to women who have no insurance. They can't afford to see a physician. They know they don't feel well but don't know that it is blood pressure related until after th stroke. As well women can develop post-partum within a year of delivery but don't realize it. This can result in disaffection for the child, drug abuse (self-medication), and suicide. The state needs to provide money for public health outreach to these women and to teen mothers.
The state needs to add more money for public education. The state needs to develop standards for home builders so that when hurricanes hit water can drain off. I think the legislature needs to play a role here. Additionally, the state needs to provide funding for access to reasonable transportation such as buses and light rail transit. No matter how much we spend on freeways they instantly become obsolete due to population growth...build it and they will come. We can't stop that growth but we could address it in a measured way. We need to restrict development in vulnerable prairie areas and coastal marshareas. Florida did it and Texas can as well.
We need to separate the discussion between those youth who are already here from the issue of how to protect the border. I think the state has no business intruding upon federal laws when it comes to border security. That money needs to be used for health and education. Additionally the issue of sanctuary cities is again asking local police jurisdictions to do the work of ICE. If ICE needs more people so be it but don't ask local police departments to get involved in that. Local police need to deal with local crime...there is plenty of it. Young people, brought here as children, who do credit to the state and are some of our finest young citizens are being used as pawns to develop harsher border laws. This is wrong! We really need a clean DACA bill.
I experienced two events growing up in an extremely dysfunctional neighborhood. At age seven a young boy showed me the scares on his back. The father had become angry and beat him with a cord. I showed my parents as they just happened to come out of our house and urged them to call the police. They did not want to get involved and refused. I was furious that no one would help and vowed to do something about that when I grew up. At age 15 A woman ran across the street saying to my mother and a neighbor, "Help me!" Her husband came and gave her several punches as he held onto her arm so that she wouldn't fall. He then dragged her across the street to their ramshackle house. I urged them to call the police. They refused. I ran into the house, dialed the police, and urged them to come quickly. They refused saying an adult had to call. and complain. I said I'd file the complaint but he said I was too young. I swore I'd do something as an adult. The woman killed herself not long after.
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