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State Representative District 14

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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  • John Raney
    (Rep)

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    Josh Wilkinson
    (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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I am a husband of almost 20 years, father of an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old who attend public schools, and public employee. I am passionate about improving public education, improving access and affordability of healthcare, combatting global warming, and reducing economic inequality in Texas. If elected, I will be a citizen legislator.
Educational success has repeatedly been shown to be a function of socioeconomic status. Instead of punishing underperforming schools, we must invest in them in order to bring them up to standard. To generate more revenue for this goal, the Equal and Uniform loophole in the state property tax code must be closed. This would allow the state to increase per-pupil spending to at least the national median, if not better. This would also have the benefit of easing the burden on property taxpayers.
I would support abolishing so-called right-to-work legislation, support a living minimum wage, and support the expansion of alternative, renewable energy, which would create thousands of stable, high-paying 21st-Century jobs. I would also support expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act and increasing the state's share of public education funding, both of which would cause a decrease in Texans' property tax burden.
Accepting Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act.
Global warming is the issue that will affect us most in the near future. While Texas cannot address the issue alone, Texas has an obligation to do its part. The rate at which we currently emit greenhouse gases into our atmosphere will ensure stronger, deadlier, and more economically-devastating hurricanes and superstorms, longer, more severe droughts, and less reliable agricultural growing seasons. The state legislature must ensure Texas does its part to curb the causes of global warming ASAP!