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State Representative District 49

General Election: November 6, 2018Early Voting: October 22 - November 2, 2018

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    Kyle Austin

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What legislation would you support to provide quality public education for all children?

What changes to Texas gun laws would you support or oppose?

What are your top three budget priorities for the 2019 Legislative session?

What other issue do you consider most important and how would you address it?

Background Born and raised in South Austin, Kyle has grown up philosophizing and being intrigued about the premises of all ideas.
Education UTSA,ACC
The only proper role for government is to retaliate against criminals that have infringed upon the rights of its citizens. The government should not be the arbiter of how education is provided to the citizens of its nation. The most effective way to provide the best education is to allow the free market to provide that service.
I would support a complete update to property rights. I believe all individuals should have the freedom to produce, own, trade, and operate property of any kind so long as they don't infringe upon the rights of others. Producing, owning, and trading guns don't infringe upon the rights of anyone. Using a gun also doesn't always infringe upon the rights of others. But, even if a gun is used in a crime that infringes upon the rights of others, the gun isn't what should be illegal... It is the action which infringed upon the rights of the other individual that should be illegal.
1. Cut regulations to give individuals the freedom to produce, trade, and earn to the best of their ability. 2. Cut taxes to allow individuals the ability to maintain their natural rights to their own property and the fruits of their labor. 3. Cut government spending with a goal of moving towards a properly functioning government.
Property rights.

It is clear that Americans do not have property rights currently and I would like to make the necessary changes to implement property rights as they are individual rights of all humans. I would like to see a government that respects individual rights, which includes property rights, by making it legal to produce, own, earn, trade, and use all property so long as their actions don't infringe upon the rights of others.
Background Current State Representative for House District 49, served as Austin ISD School Board President. Attorney for social justice organizations; community
Education B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Honors/Government degree. Law degree from George Washington University Law School, Washington.
Raising the State share of the funding for public ed and increasing the base funding (basic allotment) for every student in the state so all students have the resources they need to meet their full potential. Also, amendments to the school accountability structure so that it is more fair. Currently, schools with greater challenges are being unfairly compared to dissimilar schools and penalized for educating children with greater needs. In addition, more resources are needed for wrap-around services and mental health counselors to fully realize the benefits of a "community schools" model.
There are several laws the TX Legislature could pass that would protect us from further violence and wouldn't infringe upon the rights of law abiding gun owners. These include universal background checks, directing DPS and DSHS to conduct public ed on safe gun storage and suicide prevention, require surrender of firearms by convicted domestic abusers, require reporting of stolen guns and create lethal violence protective orders to allow courts to temporarily prohibit people at high risk of harming themselves or others from firearm possession.
1. Equitably funding our public school system. 2. Fully funding women’s healthcare so any woman in Texas can receive the healthcare she decides is the best decision for her body. 3. Fully funding healthcare at an affordable rate for our most vulnerable populations - children, individuals with disabilities and the elderly.
Full participation in our democracy is important to me and I plan on filing legislation next session requiring universities of a certain size to have a polling place on campus. Also, removing barriers for elected office so that more people can step up to lead. Currently, House members are not paid a salary which is a barrier for most Texans to serve. My bill would provide a salary for all future members of the TX House (not current legislators) pegged at that of the average teachers’ salary. This compensation would include tying a legislator’s retirement to the Teacher’s Retirement System.