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Texas House, District 148

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    Jessica Cristina Farrar

  • Ryan T. McConnico

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Identify what you think are the 2 most important issues that affect the people in your district and give specific examples of measurable actions you will take to address these issues.

What specific criteria do you believe must be met in order to justify spending reserves in the Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund)? What requirements should there be to ensure that permanent funding solutions are developed going forward?

What will you do as a member of the Texas Legislature to ensure that all children living in Texas receive a quality education?

How can the state of Texas best partner with local governments and private providers to ensure Texans have access to mental health and addiction treatment services?

Education Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston; Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Experience Attorney at Law, Sanchez & Farrar PLLC
Community Board Member for Air Alliance Houston and the Houston Democratic Lawyers Association; office organizes annual Northside Back to School Health Fair and two Fall Festival events
Phone (713) 487-8035
Twitter @jfarrardist148
Access to quality, affordable health care is essential to the well-being of all Texans. Texas should expand Medicaid to provide more access to health care, which will reduce costs to local taxpayers and help lower the state's high maternal mortality rate. Public schools must be supported and constantly improved so students can obtain the best education to ensure their success. A school is the anchor of a neighborhood. Families should not have to look elsewhere to receive a quality education.
Money from the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) should be used for the reasons the fund was originally created: to prevent sudden, massive cuts to health care, schools, and other services that rely on state funds. In the past, the ESF has been used for closing shortfalls in ongoing programs like Medicaid. The legislature must ensure state funds are prioritized for essential services, not use the ESF to mask state obligations.
The legislature has continuously reduced the amount of funding provided to school districts, requiring the districts to increase the tax rate to generate the revenue needed to make up for the decrease in funding. I will continue to support and push for an increase in the state funding for public education, as the legislature needs to adjust the amount of money given to each district per student. I am open to reviewing alternative funding methods that are based on a taxpayer's ability to pay.
Texas has a severe lack of mental health providers, especially in rural and under-served areas. In a time with high substance abuse rates, maternal deaths due to suicide and substance abuse, and Texans purposely seeking out the criminal justice system to obtain mental health care, Texas must increase access to mental health services by providing incentives to practice in under-served communities and funding to support local initiatives to improve access to care.
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