Every child, regardless of zip code, deserves access to a quality public K-12 education. The lack of public school education funding in Texas is an embarrassment. I support an equitable funding system that increases annually so that local school districts can afford systemic investments each year, like substantive pay increases for educators. In addition, there has to be a significant investment in early childhood education with a priority in fully funding full day Pre K programs. I will push for full restoration of the billion dollar cuts immediately. To pay for education investments, we must realign budget priorities and consider alterations to the business franchise tax advocated by moderate lawmakers during the last session.
Education and healthcare are appropriate uses for the Rainy Day Fund. The Texas economy is strong and fueled by a vibrant business environment and thriving energy industry. When tough times hit our economy, we must never waiver in our commitment to fully fund our public schools and to provide access to quality healthcare for all Texas families. Our Rainy Day Fund is strong and we must have confidence that the greatest State in the Nation with the hardest working people will be able to replenish that reserve fund in due time.
The 2nd Amendment is a constitutional right, but this right is not unfettered. The consequences of gun violence have terrorized our communities for far too long, which serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. Therefore, Texas must focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, and passing additional safeguards like strengthening our background check system for every purchase. Further, Republicans and Democrats must work together to enact commonsense improvements, such as reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole. Texas should be a leader on gun safety, and I will work to move the ball forward so we can stop the perpetual, senseless violence terrorizing our communities.
As a board member of North Texas Transportation Authority (NTTA), I have supported and advocated for a variety of infrastructure projects throughout North Texas. That said, working class families in Texas do not need any additional hits to their pocketbooks with another layer of excessive tolls and fees. Texans in the middle class need innovative solutions to meet their transportation needs, not more of the same. Additionally, we need a national infrastructure plan that comprehensively addresses transportation and that means partnering with competent, sane leaders in Washington who understand that a piecemeal approach is bad for our collective economy. As a former Mayor, I know firsthand how these decisions impact local communities.
Affordable, Quality Healthcare: Texas is the greatest State in the Union, and yet we have one of the highest rates of uninsured residents in America. That’s a shame! In Dallas County alone, we forfeit nearly $580 million per year because Republicans in Austin refuse to accept Medicaid expansion funds that belong to Texas taxpayers. This gridlock must end.
Smart Growth: As a State, we must learn to incentivize ‘smart growth’ in our communities, so that economic development benefits our citizens and leads to an improved quality of life. This means aiding our cities with the resources needed to ensure access to quality, affordable housing and safe neighborhoods. ‘Smart Growth’ also means tackling displacement and gentrification head on.
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We have get rid of the Robin Hood Act to push more money into classrooms, Increase Teachers Pay, Focus more on Curriculum based studies and reduce standardized testing and burdens.
The appropriate uses for the Rainy Day Fund would be to increase the salaries of our Texas Teachers and for infrastructure.
Grants for Metal Detectors possibly funded from the State Homeland Security Program, Arming our Teachers, Protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights from adding restrictions on law-abiding citizens.
We need to abolish tolled lanes in Texas which causes congestions, to even being a burden on low income families. Funding can be compensated for Infrastructure to maintain highways from the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund).
A major issue to address is Property Taxes. I not only want to fight to lower but to abolish Property Taxes and replace it with a 2.5% Sales Tax.