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State Representative District 49

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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  • Kyle Austin
    (Rep)

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    Gina Hinojosa
    (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 25
Education Attended UTSA
Campaign Phone 512-923-0066
Website http://kyleaustinforoffice.com
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Twitter @KyleAFH
A government that has outgrown it's proper role. The government is a tool of force. It is supposed to protect our natural individual rights. It is supposed to protect our freedoms. The only duty a government should have is to retaliate against criminals that infringe upon the rights of the citizens here. The individuals here should be the ones providing products and services through choice and a free market. Not only is capitalism the only moral social system, but it also provides us with the highest quality of life for everyone.
The proper role of government is simply to retaliate against criminals, not to regulate and create monopolies over aspects of the market. It is against a proper government to advocate for public education. Privitization is the only proper action to take and would lead to a better educational experience for all. Not only in the quality which would rise, but the cost of living would be better for everyone. With property taxes no longer being needed, everyone, from home owners to apartment renters, would see a much lower cost to living. When apartment complex owners don't have to deal with rising property taxes, they don't have to increase rent for their Tennants. So by privatizing education, even people that rent would see a reduction in their rent cost.
No. America has a problem with property rights which is why individuals are not safe when they could be. If an action doesn't infringe upon the rights of others, it should be legal. Producing, trading, and using property doesn't infringe upon the rights of others. If there is a specific case where it does, that specific action should be outlawed, and not the entire property that was used.
The proper role of government is to be a tool of force used in retaliation against criminals that have infringed upon the rights of the citizens of this nation. The government should not be providing, regulating, or creating monopolies of products and services. I understand that privatization of the healthcare system is not only the proper thing to do, but also the most efficient.
The government shouldn't have any problems with growth if it would be a properly acting one that only retaliates against criminals and let the people be free to produce value and trade freely.
I find it rediculous how difficult it is for good people to come live and work here. We should have a resident system that allows anyone, besides know terrorists and deadly I'll people, to come live here and work here. We need a much faster system which would help our economy immensly.

In regards to the wall, that should be up to the military to decide if it is necessary for national defense. Politicians and citizens shouldn't be deciding if we should do something in regards to national security like that. We should worry about our individual rights.
The thing that had the most valuable impact on my life was during college. A good friend of mine introduced me to the philosophy of Objectivism and I was skeptical at first and had many questions. But each and every explanation made it clear to me, that Objectivism is a philosophy grounded in reason and reality. It was clear that a political system could be derived from facts of reality and that we didn't have to rely on a broken system. That there is a good system and we just need to become aware of it.
Age 45
Education I am a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and George Washington Law School.
Website www.ginaforaustin.com
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Full participation in our democracy so that elected officials represent the best interests of our constituents is a critical issue for Texas. I plan on filing legislation in the 86th Legislative session requiring universities of a certain size to have a polling place on campus. Students should not have to walk an hour or pay for a ride share to exercise their right to vote. Also, removing barriers for elected office so that more people can step up to lead. Currently, House members are not paid a salary which is a barrier for most Texans to serve. My bill would provide a salary for all future members of the Texas House (not current legislators) pegged at that of the average teachers’ salary. This compensation would include tying a legislator’s retirement to the Teacher’s Retirement System. We won’t get true representative government until the legislative body actually reflects everyday Texans.
Our state’s school finance formula is out-dated and does not sufficiently serve the crucial needs of all of our children. We must raise the State share of funding for public education and increase the base funding (basic allotment) for every student in the state of Texas so all students can have the resources they need to reach their full potential. In addition, more resources are needed for wrap-around services and mental health counselors to fully realize the benefits of a “community schools” model.
There are several laws the Texas Legislature could pass that would protect us from further violence and would not infringe upon the rights of law abiding gun owners. These laws include universal background checks, directing the Department of Public Safety and the Department of State Health Services to conduct public education on safe gun storage and suicide prevention, require surrender of firearms by convicted domestic abusers, require reporting of stolen guns and create lethal violence protective orders to allow courts to temporarily prohibit people at high risk of harming themselves or others from firearm possession.
Healthcare is a right not a privilege. As such, our government has an obligation to secure affordable health care for all.
1) We must ensure an enriching and equitable public education system for all Texas children. 2) We must ensure that as our population grows we are providing pathways for economic opportunities so existing Texans are not displaced. Economic development should always prioritize investment in Texans so that our current population has the skills to compete for living-wage jobs in the new economy. 3) Transportation. We need better and more options for mass transit.
An honest conversation by our state’s leadership on what policies will keep our communities safe. Legislation that undermines the efforts of local law enforcement to protect the entire community and instead seeks to alienate the state’s immigrant population will not make our communities any stronger or safer. On the House floor during the 85th Legislative Session, I strongly opposed the passage of the “show me your papers” SB4 bill and will continue to oppose any similar legislation. Along with other members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, I had the opportunity to visit the Tornillo Tent City Detention Center that holds unaccompanied minors. These detention centers are inappropriate for children and should be shut down. Instead, the federal government should reunite these children with their families. I will oppose any legislation that seeks to license these centers as child care facilities.
Growing up on the border in a low income community and attending Title I public schools is probably what compels me to join WITH and stand WITH marginalized communities to work for justice.