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State Representative District 101

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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    James Allen
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    Chris Turner
    (Dem)

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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?

Over three years of grassroots political activism within Texas communities - concentrated in Liberty and Cannabis Reform movements. Facilitated multiple charitable donation drives, mainly within the Fort Worth Butler Community. 40 hours of College Credit.
I believe that the public education system in Texas is one that is in dire need of reform within our community. The system is often criticized for the over-reliance on teaching only to standardized testing. There are discrepancies in quality from district to district, causing issues for recipients in lower tax income areas to access the education that they desire. I believe that the education system should be less reliant on public tax dollars as there are complaints about the usage of these dollars with low oversight, and the general consensus of low return value. Feeding more tax dollars into the system is not the solution and I believe Texas should be looking for more privately funded, co
I believe that Texas needs to be creating more opportunities for citizens in low-income areas to improve their economic positions. Some would argue that we need to feed into the fiscal system with more social aid, for example, or raise the minimum wage. I believe that opportunities for individual advancement through work are more sustainable. I would argue that the system for expunging nonviolent crimes from an individual's criminal record, for the purposes of job hiring and advancement, is one possible solution to aiding impoverished communities. These communities are typically disproportionately affected by over-policing, the war on drugs, and a shortage of resources to enable them to relo
I believe that heavy regulations are the driving force of high costs within the healthcare system of Texas. We need to pinpoint regulations that result in an undue burden on cost for doctors and hospitals, which in turn drives up the cost for patients. Restructuring these regulations can result in positive outcomes such as the facilitation of more private practices, or allowing more out-of-state physicians to practice within Texas for charitable causes. We should be looking for innovations such as an insurance system that is paid monthly or yearly to a primary doctor that allows for individuals to utilize a flexible, rather than set, amount of visits, treatments, and therapies.
In the coming session of the Texas Legislature we will be facing the issue of Cannabis Reform. While some parties have already adopted reform onto their platform, it is apparent that citizens desire advancement in the scope of the Texas Compassionate Use Program, as well as more efforts to decriminalize possession. I believe that citizens are calling for change on this issue and fully support decriminalization and legalization efforts. The results of these efforts will lead to less citizens being damaged by nonviolent arrests and they would see in increase in safe consumption and awareness. In the next session the issue of unchecked, rising property taxes will also be addressed. The solution
I am currently serving my 4th term and chair the House Democratic Caucus. I have a record of supporting public schools, higher education, local jobs and increased health care access. At home, I work hard to provide constituents with resources, including seminars on paying for college, saving on utilities, veterans’ benefits, as well as town halls.
Our school finance system is broken and 5.4 million Texas schoolchildren are paying the price. We need a system that provides additional state funding to our schools and relieves pressure on property taxpayers. We also need more equity to ensure that schools are treated fairly and that all children have access to a first-class public education.
A good economy starts with good education. We need to improve funding for our public schools, as well as ensure that those who want to complete a college education have the ability to do so. I also support increasing the state minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.
We should pass legislation to expand Medicaid. If we do not expand Medicaid, our state will forfeit an estimated $100 billion in federal funding that would have provided coverage for more than 1 million working adults in Texas.
School finance reform should be our top priority. We will also need to address the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, we need to fix Medicaid managed care, specifically for children with disabilities and those in the foster care system.