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State Representative District 136

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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    John H Bucy III
    (Dem)

  • Tony Dale
    (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 34
Education Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, major in History from Austin College
Campaign Phone 512-680-3762
Website www.BucyForTexas.com
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I think the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years is public education funding. I believe public education is paramount to a strong state, strong economy, and strong citizens. The state must increase its share of the funding. Even a decade ago it was over 50 percent, but by next year it will be down to 38 percent. In the meantime we have seen local property taxes skyrocket to cover the difference, which has directly led to affordability problems across the state. We also have numerous teachers and retired teachers who cannot make due with the salary and benefits provided. We can fix this by keeping education tax dollars in education instead of diverting them to side projects. In addition, we need to close the loophole that allows certain large corporations to avoid paying their fair share of property taxes to the tune of a $5 billion dollar deficit.
To strengthen public education we must increase the state’s share of funding to at least 50 percent, improve and stabilize the teacher’s retirement system (TRS) including a cost of living update, and improve the quality of our classrooms. It is important that we are providing the resources and support to recruit, train, and retain good teachers and support staff such as counselors and career advisors, including competitive pay and benefits as well as mentorship and other professional development opportunities. We also need to ensure our class sizes are appropriate for each age group and that our classrooms are modern and fully supplied. In addition, we must move away from high stakes testing and focus on teaching and preparing our students to enter the workforce or to continue their education. Last, we must reform our school funding method so that it is not so reliant on local property tax payers. Not only is this inherently bad policy it's putting our community in a financial crunch.
We need common sense gun control that respects the 2nd Amendment while keeping our communities safe. I support closing the gun show loophole and implementing red flag laws. I oppose open carry of handguns as well as the idea that we should have guns in schools, government buildings, hospitals, bars, or similar. In addition, I think we need more therapists and support staff in schools.
We live in a state with a good economy and bountiful natural resources, yet 1 in 5 Texas children don’t have health insurance (nearly twice the national average), mothers are dying in childbirth or right after at alarming rates, and many Texas families are one medical incident away from dire financial straights. If there is one decision the Legislature could make that would change lives overnight it would be to expand Medicaid, which would provide millions of working Texans with health insurance, add billions of dollars back into the Texas economy, and lower all of our insurance premiums. We also need to focus on maternal mortality, mental health services, and ensuring we are providing folks with culturally competent care to improve health outcomes.
One big issue due to growth is that our school funding has not been adjusted to cover enrollment growth, which exasperates an already significant problem. The state legislature needs to provide funding to cover this gap instead of passing it on to the local taxpayer via local property taxes. Another issue due to growth is healthcare coverage. We need to ensure folks moving into the state have healthcare as opposed to using emergency services or going to the hospital for care they could have received from a doctor's office or clinic. This is another example where the Legislature's failure to act on Medicaid expansion is exasperating a fixable problem. Last, a growing population leads to infrastructure issues and traffic gridlock. We need to make sure our roads and bridges are kept in proper condition to avoid preventable tragedies. In addition, we need to work as a region to comprehensively solve our traffic problem and provide better transit options.
Earlier this year I was repulsed by the separation of families seeking asylum, a Trump administration policy my opponent did not denounce when given the chance. I believe what is missing from the conversation often is compassion and common sense. Texas has always been a place where ingenuity, hard work, and persistence have paid off. We are a state where folks have come to forge their own American dream and I think we should be proud of being a welcoming and supportive community for folks who come here whether it’s from across the country or across the world. I support comprehensive immigration reform. I support DREAMers and believe law-abiding, productive people should continue to contribute to our society. Furthermore, I believe we should not be spending large amounts of state and local tax dollars on a federal issue but instead must focus our efforts on education, healthcare, good jobs, the environment, and infrastructure.
In college I lost my roommate tragically and suddenly. Having learned in a very real way how fragile life can be, I have tried to live every day to the fullest, whether it's something I am doing professionally, spending time with my family, or volunteering in the community. I have also always put a premium on being there for friends and family in their times of need and being a resource for others to lean on. Similarly, I want to be a leader in working across the aisle and bringing people to the table to seek innovative solutions to the problems we face. I believe that is the only way forward. We have to break through the partisan gridlock and tired thinking that fails to expand the horizon of what's possible in order to build our community up and make Texas as good as its promise.
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