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Texas House, District 102

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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    Linda Koop

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    Ana Maria Ramos

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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 68
Education Master's Degree in International Management Studies from UTD Bachelor's Degree from Colorado State
Campaign Phone (469) 818-0865
Twitter @LindaKoopHD102
First and foremost, put our students first in all the decisions we make. Education is the key to getting a job, providing adequately for our families and lifting people out of poverty. The legislature needs to adequately fund and resource the Public Education system and that is why I co-authored a bill last session which would have added an additional $1.5 billion to public education.

Additionally, we need to find a way to relieve the overbearing burden of property taxes on our citizens. The only way we can do this is through school tax reform. Our citizens deserve property tax relief.
One time expenditures based on emergencies or debt reduction. I am open to exploring how we calculate the formulas within the Fund and how the state calculates how much money flows into the fund. Also, I have a plan to protect the Teacher Retirement System by using the Comptroller's proposed Texas Legacy Fund.
I am working in an ongoing partnership with Richardson ISD and RIchardson Police Department to make our schools safer. It is my priority as a mother and my duty as an elected official to guarantee our children are safe in schools. I support the creation of a legal protective order against those deemed potential threats to keep them from obtaining firearms. I believe this can be done in a fair and reasonable way so as to stop dangerous people from getting their hands on guns while still protecting the Second Amendment rights of individuals. Additionally, we must close gaps in the federal background check system.
We need to restore the funding tools for transportation and allow the citizens in the region and those affected by congestion to have a say in the funding methodology for the construction and maintenance of highways.
Properly funding our schools, tax relief and school finance reform.
Age 42
Education GED - TEA AA - DCCCD BA - University of Texas at Arlington MBA - Texas Woman's University JD - SMU
Campaign Phone (469) 912-1082
Twitter @ramos4texas
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As an educator, I believe quality public education must be our number one legislative priority. Our Texas constitution mandates we provide quality public schools, unfortunately we have consistently failed to do so. I believe we need to strengthen our public schools and renew our investment in Texas children and families. If we are to ensure a prosperous future for all Texans, we must stop diverting resources away from our neighborhood schools through privatization of public school funds. Additionally, the State must renew its investment in per-student funding allowing local school districts the freedom to enhance instructional and enrichment activities instead of being forced to cut programs.
The original intent of the “Rainy Day Fund” or Economic Stabilization Fund was to “smooth out the roller coaster” during tough financial times. The fund was specifically designed to protect Texans during hard times by maintaining ongoing state services without the need to raise taxes or cut critical programs. Unfortunately, the exact opposite is happening. While the fund has grown significantly, the quality and availability of necessary and crucial public services has dramatically declined. I believe we need to return to the original intent of the fund creation. Our policies reflect our priorities. We must make dramatic changes to ensure Texans receive the services they need and deserve.
As a gun owner, I understand that the 2nd Amendment and common sense gun violence reform are not mutually exclusive. We must protect our children and citizens, and can do so while ensuring constitutional protections are respected. We can do this without costing taxpayers money by: 1. Ending the gun show loophole, requiring background checks on all gun purchases and requiring record keeping on all gun sales. 2. Prosecuting "private sellers" who are violating the law by "engaging in the business" of selling firearms without a license, undermining public safety protections. 3. Ending campus carry. I’m a public teacher, and I can tell you that most teachers, parents, and students don’t want guns in schools. With sensible gun laws, we can make our communities safer.
I believe we should explore alternative options to addressing highway congestion without increasing toll roads. Although there is a space for toll lanes within our highway system, we need to invest in our infrastructure through a reasonable economic stimulus program. Our first response to addressing public highway congestion cannot and should not be privatization and double taxation. Additionally, we need to reevaluate public oversight, transparency and accountability of our tollway authority. End users and public consumers deserve a viable and user-friendly recourse to address common tollway concerns.
Texas children and families deserve better. To ensure a strong economy and a prosperous future for all Texans tomorrow, we must renew our commitment and investment in Texans today. As an educator, I believe one of the most pressing issues in the next legislative session is to protect and strengthen access to quality public education, including investing in community colleges and workforce training programs. An educated, skilled, and qualified workforce will attract strong businesses, ignite job creation, and generate sustainable, living wages. Our community colleges and institutions of higher education are key components to building a lasting, prosperous economy and to creating the American Dream for millions of Texas families.