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Texas House, District 103

2 year term. Must be 21 or older, a US citizen, resident of Texas and the district represented. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in the Texas House of Representatives.

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    Jerry Fortenberry
    (Rep)

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    Rafael M Anchia
    (Dem)

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EDUCATION: What changes, if any, should be made to public education and its funding in Texas?

RAINY DAY FUND: What uses are appropriate, in your opinion, for the Rainy Day fund?

GUN SAFETY: What, if anything, should be done to address concerns over gun violence? Please be specific and include the source of funding for new initiatives, if appropriate.

HIGHWAY FUNDS: How would you address the growing need for funding for highway maintenance and construction? What is your position on allowing tolled lanes to reduce congestion on crowded highways?

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?

Age 50
Education Holmes - nursing (registered nurse) various U.S. Army training courses and schools
Twitter @jerryfortexas
Free community college tuition and vocational training for graduates of Texas high schools and adults to allow them to share in the prosperity taking place in Dallas and Texas by giving them the education and skills needed to fill the jobs available in the current economy like nursing, Internet Technology, programming, etc. eliminating wealth disparity and providing health care.

high schools - electives in vocational training, programming/coding, and The Bible taught in a non-denominational secular way with The Bible as a textbook and the role it has played in the establishment and values of our country.

Increase teacher pay and pension fund

Ban cellphone use in school due to spike in depression and suicide-related behavio
Tap the Rainy Day Fund to address Harvey to supplement money received in federal funds if needed for relief and rebuilding efforts and for projects to prevent future flooding

Fund the teacher's pension fund and increase teacher pay.

Increase funding to public education.

Infrastructure improvement and movement away from toll roads.

Child protective services.

Child welfare and mental health.

Maintain some funds for future crises.
Any loss of innocent life is tragic and we should objectively research ways to make sure the military coordinates with law enforcement and also individuals make authorities aware of anyone who might pose an existential threat and we need to include lives that were saved and crimes prevented by firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens in any policy decisions but any steps we take need to include a proper understanding of individual rights including the right to self-defense which should not be dependent on statistics or numbers.

Learn from places like Israel on protecting our schools to provide a safe environment in which our children can learn without fear or distraction with funds provisioned from the Rainy Day Fund and other.
Gasoline and other taxes/fees on vehicles should be used for highway construction, improvement and maintenance only and not diverted for other uses and non-road related purposes.

Tolls are inherently inefficient with reports that up to 80 percent of the money raised from tolls goes to the company managing the toll roads. Tolls should come off when the debt is retired and at that time maintenance should then revert to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Tolls also have a disparate impact on the poor, there is no accountability to the public who ends up paying for the road twice in gas taxes and tolls, cong
Eliminate property tax.

Our transportation infrastructure funding is being diverted to pay for other budget items - we need to stop diverting these monies.

Water transportation to get it from where it is to where it is needed while balancing the water needs of urban and rural.

Free community college and Occupational job training to fill high-paying paying jobs that have healthcare.

New power plants and harden them.

Education B.A. - Southern Methodist University, cum laude J.D. - Tulane University Law School
Twitter @rafaelanchia
According to The National Education Association, the largest labor union representing public school teachers in the United States, Texas spent $10,456 per student for the 2017-2018 school year. This figure is $2,300 below the national average, and ranks Texas as 36th in the nation for per-pupil spending for the 2017-2018 school year. Our legislature has relied too heavily on state property taxes to fund our public education system, which has proved to be an inadequate funding mechanism. I firmly believe that educational opportunity is the gateway to personal and professional fulfillment. In order to truly provide equal opportunity for all, our legislature must commit itself to fully funding our public education system.
The Rainy Day Fund should be used to help fund public education and the shortfalls in the Teacher Retirement System.
Since my time in the legislature, I have worked tirelessly to improve public safety and provide protections for all Texans. In 2013 (83rd legislative session), I sponsored HB 3143. This bill was my first attempt to close the gun-show loophole, essentially requiring background checks for every gun sale.I have filed an identical universal background check bill in the subsequent 84th and 85th sessions (HB 2190 and HB 259, respectively). These two bills failed to become law and were left in committee. I believe these bills are essential to furthering our safety goals in the state. That being said, I plan to once again file a bill to finally close the gun-show loophole and require background checks for all gun sales in the state of Texas.
Each day, the Texas population grows by approximately 3,000 new residents. This influx has caused a real strain to our infrastructure, which is evident by the poor condition of many of our city roads and state highways. Many in the state are calling for an increase in funding to construct new highways and tolled lanes for Texans and visitors alike to travel on. History has shown that if we build more highways, than people will feel compelled to travel along those roads. The alternative? Our state should begin investing in mass public transportation that will serve as a true alternative to our outdated highway system.
I believe redistricting will once again be an issue in the upcoming legislative session, Once again, I plan on filing a bill that would create an independent redistricting commission. Texas will also have to deal with the undermining of clean air standards that is happening under President Trump's administration I plan on filing legislation that will ensure our state commits itself to meeting our obligations to our environment.