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Texas House, District 79

Two year term. A member of the house must be a citizen of the United States, must be a qualified elector of the state, and must be at least 21 years old. He or she must have been a resident of the state for two years immediately preceding election, and for one year immediately preceding election must have been a resident of the district from which he or she was chosen.

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  • Joe C. Pickett

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Identify what you think are the three most important issues directly affecting the people in your district and explain how you will address these issues, if elected?

Is the current tax policy sufficient to finance state government needs such as public education, public safety, health care and bridge and road maintenance? If not, what measures would you support to pay for these services?

What measures, if any, should the state government take to stimulate job growth?

What other issues do you consider important, why and what would you do to improve them?

Local property taxes and high utility costs. Higher education affordability Healthcare costs
Yes there is sufficient state finance for all except infrastructure. For infrastructure increase the % of part tow of proposition 7 that passed in 2015. charge a fee off the top of all toll entities in Texas for a statewide maintenance fund.
As a state we are doing well. I would try and tie more educational programs at the university and Community College level aimed at employer needs.
We need more state over site of large governmental contracts in Health and Human Services, transportation and infrastructure projects. It is possible that hundreds of millions of dollars are inappropriately being billed the state.