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State Representative District 8

What Do They Do? A short video explanation of state elected offices:https://youtu.be/uqd9IWpSqXI2-year term. The House is one of two chambers that make up the Texas Legislature. The representative is one of 150 representatives. They make and vote on laws, decide where the money goes within the state government, serve on committees such as agriculture and livestock, business and industry, elections, higher education, energy resources, etc. Bills for raising money must originate in the House. Only the House can impeach a statewide officer. Current salary: $7,200 plus $190 per diem when in session.Plazo de 2 años. La Cámara de Representantes es una de las dos cámaras que conforman la Legislatura de Texas. El representante es uno de 150 representantes. Hacen y votan por leyes, deciden a dónde va el dinero dentro del gobierno estatal, sirven en comités como los de agricultura y ganadería, negocios e industria, elecciones, educación superior, recursos energéticos, etc. Los proyectos de ley para recaudar dinero deben originarse en la Cámara. Sólo la Cámara puede impugnar a un oficial estatal. Salario actual: $7,200 más $190 por día cuando esté en sesión.

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    Cody Harris
    (Rep)

  • Wesley D. Ratcliff
    (Dem)

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Background: What training, experience, and background qualify you for this position?

Education: What specific changes should be made to public school financing and why?

Economy: What state legislation would you support to help Texas residents improve their economic positions?

Health care: What state legislation is needed to increase availability of affordable health care for Texas residents? If none, please explain.

Other Issues: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of the Texas Legislature, and what is your position on these issues?

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Rural representation in Austin is shrinking. As a small business owner, graduate of Texas A&M University and the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program, and near life-long resident of House District 8, I understand the vital importance of having an experienced and effective voice to represent us in Austin.
We must increase the amount of state-allocated funding for public education by putting money directly into the classrooms and we must untie the hands of our teachers by eliminating the current "teach-to-the-test" model. We currently spend over $90 Million per year on standardized testing - we can still ensure accountability and measure student achievement without wasting close to a hundred million dollars every year.
It starts by letting hard-working Texans keep more of their hard-earned money. Texas property owners are being buried by burdensome local property taxes. In order to reduce that burden by increasing the state's portion of public education funding and eliminating unfunded mandates sent down to the local municipalities, counties and school districts from Austin.
The implementation of Obamacare has been disastrous for Texans, causing our premiums and deductibles to skyrocket and reducing access to our preferred doctors. We must continue to put pressure on the federal government to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a free-market-based health insurance structure.
1) Public Education - We must give our teachers the resources they need to do their jobs and then Austin needs to get out of the way. 2) Property Taxes - We must abolish unfunded mandates and increase the state's portion of public education funding in order to bring true property tax relief. 3) Border Security - The federal government has dropped the ball, so it's up to us to ensure the safety of our citizens and enforce the rule of law.
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