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Texas Senate District 25

4-year term. Must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in the Texas Senate.

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  • Donna Campbell
    (Rep)

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    Steven Kling
    (Dem)

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What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

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Age 46
Education B.B.A Texas A&M University, 1995
Campaign Phone 210-596-9479
Website https://klingfortexas.org
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/klingfortexas
Twitter @stevekling
website https://klingfortexas.org
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Texans are concerned about classrooms, not bathrooms. We must invest heavily in public education and change the way we finance it to ensure equitability. We have to start preparing our kids for the jobs that will be here in 10-20 years. It starts with giving teachers a big raise! We must recruit and retain the very best if we are to produce the very best. Major financing reforms are in order to ensure we can make public education equitable for all the children of Texas. And public education is the answer, not privatization/vouchers. Pro-voucher legislators like my opponent would see rural school districts starve to death like they did with rural clinics.

If we only give the top 5% of children a good education, we’re not just depriving the other 95% of their potential, we’re depriving our state of 95% of our potential.
At its peak the State of Texas provided 77% of public education financing. In FY 2018, it will be 31%. That places more and more of the burden on Texas families and small businesses in the form of ever-increasing property taxes to offset the loss of revenue. This reduction is due to consistent cuts, incentives and loopholes for big donors and commercial property holders. We must require companies that do business in Texas, that benefit from our educational and physical infrastructure, to pay a fair share of the cost again and provide incentive structures to ensure revenues stay in the state and local economies.

The so-called “Robin Hood” system must be replaced. Money taken from property rich districts by the state is not reinvested into poorer districts which defeats the purpose and ends up converting our ISD property tax into a state levied one, which is in violation of the Texas Constitution.
These incidences of gun violence are an accelerating epidemic unique to the United States. Each day that goes by without enactment of sensible gun legislation is further indictment of our society, our culture, our country.

I can attest from a US military perspective, we take accountability, responsibility, and training very, very seriously. I believe a few reasonable measures that reinforce and encourage those three tenants can serve to dramatically reduce gun violence both here in the United States and in Central and South America, currently held hostage by narco-terrorists that exploit our nation’s lack of accountability to arm themselves. Those measures include: Universal Background Checks and closing private transfer loopholes, red flag laws and strengthening the Lautenberg Amendment to apply to cases where domestic abusers are not married to their victim, to same sex couples and convicted stalkers.
Universal Health Care. Its efficient. It would be a net savings for almost all Americans both monthly. We would eliminate medical bankruptcies and an enormous cloud of financial insecurity hanging over the head of all but the very rich. Your money or your life, as they say. But most importantly, removing the dependency on employer-provided health care would generate an entreprenurial boom this country has never seen before. People will start new ventures and small businesses, no longer burdened with expensive health premiums for employees will be able to hire 20-30% more nearly overnight.
Counties in SD25 are the fastest growing in the nation and ithe Texas Hill Country protecting our water is of vital concern. If elected I would fight for well-funded, empowered groundwater conservation districts with mandates to protect our precious aquifers. As State Senator I would push to overhaul right-of-capture laws to prevent industrial wells from effective theft of water from surrounding landowners with no compensation, consequences, or legal recourse. Currently developers have the law squarely on their side and trample the rights of families that live here. The living, breathing people of our communities who must live with the consequences of development should have the loudest voice. Local control should not be overridden by state officials doing favors for their donors. Empowering county governments with zoning, planning and permitting authority will help restore rightful control.
Its frustrating to not hear more about how much immigrants contribute to the economy and how providing a streamlined, simple way to become a documented worker will not only increase tax revenue, reduce serious exploitation crimes related to smuggling and enlist the predominantly law-abiding immigrant into the law enforcement efforts against their exploitation. In the information technology industry it is impossible to find enough Americans with the skills we requires, we bring in over 1 million on H1-B visas a year to compensate. We literally do not have enough Americans who can do the work. Immigration is a time-honored race-baiting, fear mongering issue used to shift blame on to the powerless. We need to get Americans better skilled and equipped for tomorrow's jobs and allow hard-working, law-abiding immigrants to come into the light where the can contribute fully to their communities.
When I was 8 years old I visited my Aunt and Uncle's mission in the favelas around São Paulo, Brazil. My mother gave me a small coin to buy some candy from the local candy store. I handed the clerk the coin and he handed me back a very large bag of candy. I took it outside and started sharing it with the children on the street I had been playing with all morning. They were so much happier about the candy than I was. My Aunt came up to me and thanked me for my kindness. I thought nothing of it as it was way too much candy for me. She then said, "You know that many of these children have never had a piece of candy before today." I gave the whole bag away. It was my first reckoning with the gross inequities of the world. I won't ever forget it.