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State Representative District 73

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  • Kyle Biedermann
    (Rep)

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    Stephanie Phillips
    (Dem)

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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 51
Education B.A. Oberlin College M.M. Texas State
Website www.stephanie4tx73.com
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Climate change is real and will have (is having) a dramatic impact on Texas. From drought and fire to floods and hurricanes, Texas has always experienced extreme weather. As the planet warms we can expect more frequent and more intense weather events. Compared to other U.S. states, Texas has the largest amount of annual carbon dioxide emissions, roughly twice as much as the second-place state of California. Policy changes and air quality regulations in Texas can be implemented that would reduce emissions and help to mitigate the impact of climate change. HD73 is located completely within the beautiful Texas Hill Country. We are one of the fastest growing areas in the country and also home to precious and limited natural water resources. Climate change will increase the likelihood of weather extremes including drought, flood, intense storms and wildfires. I believe we have a moral obligation to act on current scientific evidence and do everything possible respond to this challenge.
SUPPORT TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS: Teachers and schools are under pressure from many directions. We should value teachers and work to provide affordable and reliable health insurance options. We need to strengthen the Teacher Retirement System and make it fair to those who also paid into social security. We must ensure that appropriate funding is dedicated to supporting TRS. I support the repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision and the GPO.

FIGHT AGAINST VOUCHERS: Public tax dollars should never be spent on private schools. Private schools can teach any curriculum they choose and have no rules governing how they would spend those tax dollars. Due to recent cuts, Texas schools now rank 38th in the nation in per student spending. If elected I will support increasing funds to public schools and I will fight against proposals that use state funds for school vouchers
I SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WILL:

Create a public education campaign through the Department of Public Safety to raise awareness around safe gun storage and suicide prevention. Work to create lethal violence protective orders with extensive due process that would allow courts to temporarily prohibit firearm possession for people at high risk of harming themselves or others. Support a comprehensive universal background check including: military crime data, terrorist watch lists, people charged with domestic and intimate partner violence, and people with a history of violent mental illness. Bring together community resources and create prevention teams (with access to the background check database information) including school counselors, mental health professionals, police, courts and family violence professionals who commit to sharing resources to identify individual instances of escalating violence and individuals at risk.
Healthcare is a human right. We already spend more on healthcare than other countries that have universal coverage. We can solve this and treat our citizens with compassion.
Transportation infrastructure. Mass transit and high speed rail. Rural broadband so people can live and work all over Texas.
Compassion and a willingness to see immigrants to this country as human beings seems to be missing from current policy. I would work to end or drastically reduce/end child detentions and to reunite families as quickly as possible.
Once someone asked me what was my favorite gift that I received as a child. I actually couldn't think of any at first and then all I could remember is the year when I was around 5 that my parents decided not to do any gifts as a family and instead they bought shoes for an entire family of 6 kids. I am not a particularly materialistic person anyway but remember this as a Christmas where the gift really was in the giving. This kind of thing shaped me in that I feel good when I do something that makes things better for other people.