I am broker/owner of Goodwin & Goodwin Real Estate. I have four children in college —all public-school graduates. I am an active community volunteer.
Master of Public Affairs, MPA, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin, 1991. Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA, UT Austin, 1989.
I support legislation requiring the state to provide at least 50% of public school funding. Recently TEA submitted a budget request that is $1 billion less than last biennium, with the gap being filled by property tax payers in “wealthy” districts like ours in central Texas. Meanwhile, La Joya built a water park and golf course due to “recaptured” funds. Funding formulas must be updated to provide equity, and overall funding should be increased, with rules that ensure spending on classrooms and teachers and not luxuries. Investing appropriately in education is essential to a vibrant future.
I support a universal background check so guns purchased or traded online, at gun shows, or between two individuals still go through a check to ensure they aren’t inadvertently handed over to criminals, domestic abusers, or mentally unstable people. This would be similar to transferring title of cars. Many gun deaths occur as a result of suicide or accident, so I support measures to encourage safe storage of firearms or devices that allow only the owner to operate. I oppose legislation that allows people to obtain or carry guns without safety training. I don't support arming our teachers.
My budget priorities are: 1) Fully fund public education by reviewing/expanding multiple revenue sources, as well as eliminating loopholes to ensure wealthier corporations and individuals are paying their fair share as an investment in our future; 2) expand Medicaid to ensure people are able to receive the health care they need regardless of income level, particularly women needing pre- and post-natal care and our most vulnerable populations; and 3) work on establishing an endowment-type fund for a portion of the Rainy Day Fund, so we have a true investment, rather than $12B under a mattress.
Health care is one of my highest priorities. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people, and soaring medical bills are a leading cause of bankruptcy. Expanding Medicaid, as thirty-two other states have done, would bring our tax dollars back to the state allowing more people to have access to the health care they need. I would also restore funding to Planned Parenthood clinics for effective programs such as cancer screenings. Our goal must be to have healthcare provided to every man, woman and child in an efficient manner rather than having uninsured families show up in emergency rooms.
After serving 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, I founded a small, family business which grew to provide hundreds of jobs in Travis County.
B.S. Building Construction, Texas A&M University, 1973
First, improving school safety and security is a top priority. I have pledged to fund safety improvements for school districts that decide to add security enhancements to their campuses.
Additionally, I support ending the Robin Hood school funding system, which redistributes millions of our tax dollars to other districts outside of Travis County. I have voted to increase funding for public education by billions of dollars, and have secured millions of dollars for our local school districts.
As state representative, I am pledged to uphold the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. I do not support measures that infringe upon the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. I do, however, support increased access to mental health services and exploring red flag laws that balance constitutional rights with the safety of our citizenry. All too often we find out after the fact that a perpetrator of gun violence has a history of mental illness but did not have access to the right kind of care.
Education, transportation, and school safety.
Last session, I voted for legislation to increase school funding by nearly $2 billion and begin the process of ending Robin Hood, which redistributes millions of our tax dollars to other schools around the state. I will continue to prioritize public education in the state budget.
I am working to secure transpiration funding to improve our congested Travis County roads and reduce commute times. I have worked to secure funding for SH 45 SW, the Y at Oak Hill, RM 620 and RM 2222. I will continue to work towards funding for our thoroughfares.
I support property tax relief and voted to require local elections when cities or counties propose a tax increase over 4%. I will continue to work with our state’s leaders to keep taxes low, regulations reasonable, and our civil justice system fair so Texas can remain the strongest economic growth state in America.
I will continue to work with LCRA to make sure our lakes maintain a reliable supply of water.
I have fought to protect victims of sexual assault by passing laws to prosecute criminals who solicit minors online and teachers who have inappropriate relationships with students.