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State Representative District 88

What Do They Do? A short video explanation of state elected offices:https://youtu.be/uqd9IWpSqXI2-year term. The House is one of two chambers that make up the Texas Legislature. The representative is one of 150 representatives. They make and vote on laws, decide where the money goes within the state government, serve on committees such as agriculture and livestock, business and industry, elections, higher education, energy resources, etc. Bills for raising money must originate in the House. Only the House can impeach a statewide officer. Current salary: $7,200 plus $190 per diem when in session.Plazo de 2 años. La Cámara de Representantes es una de las dos cámaras que conforman la Legislatura de Texas. El representante es uno de 150 representantes. Hacen y votan por leyes, deciden a dónde va el dinero dentro del gobierno estatal, sirven en comités como los de agricultura y ganadería, negocios e industria, elecciones, educación superior, recursos energéticos, etc. Los proyectos de ley para recaudar dinero deben originarse en la Cámara. Sólo la Cámara puede impugnar a un oficial estatal. Salario actual: $7,200 más $190 por día cuando esté en sesión.

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    Ezekiel Barron
    (Dem)

  • Ken King
    (Rep)

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Background: What training, experience, and background qualify you for this position?

Education: What specific changes should be made to public school financing and why?

Economy: What state legislation would you support to help Texas residents improve their economic positions?

Health care: What state legislation is needed to increase availability of affordable health care for Texas residents? If none, please explain.

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?

I work for my local town as a city council member. What qualify me for this position is having the ability to see other people for who they are. We live in a diverse state with many backgrounds and cultures. We all are not the same but with team work and unity we can start the process of creating a brighter future for all people.
First we must increase pay for teachers. We can not improve education for our children if we keep changing out teachers year per year. This will allow teachers to stay longer and build a foundation to improve score rating. If teachers feel underappreciated, they will not have the will to teach properly and improve our future children. Better pay for teachers will push them to stay longer in education system. It's hard to grow a program if teachers move in and out of different schools per year.
I believe in the future of wind and solar farm energy. We need to start planning ahead for new jobs that any person can apply to not just college level people. Oil will help for now but will must look forward to different paths to better jobs for all. We must also have free trade agreements at the national level and the local level. Texas export many goods to different parts of the world. If free trade agreements are threaten, we will suffer with many job losses.
We must look at our state budget and look at ways to expand affordable health care for all Texas residents. This may include raising taxes on higher earning income people to offset the cost of expanding health care. This may not popular but without real change to health care the second most populous state many Texans will have to tough and painfully decisions with love ones on how to deal with their final days. A healthy state is a productive state.
I only have one pressing issue that must be address to ensure all Texans are safe and that is a fiscally responsible budget. Without a strong balance budget we will not be able to address any issue that may come before us. We must first work on a balance budget to ensure all of the programs we want to protect have the money to pay it's people. If we do not have a balance budget, the only option we will have left is to cut programs that will bring pain to every Texan.
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