B.B.A. - Real Estate
University of Texas at Arl
Education spending is the largest single item in the Texas budget and I strongly support keeping education spending as the largest investment of taxpayer dollars. As a father with three children who have all attend(ed) public schools in Grand Prairie, I am invested in the success of our school systems. That is why I have been an advocate for removing unfunded mandates, including the reduction of standardized testing, so our teachers can focus on the growth of our students to make them college or workforce ready. However, I also believe our students and families are best served when their school districts are ensuring the dollars they receive are reaching the classrooms and our teachers rather than being spent on Administration.
The Economic Stabilization Fund as it is properly called is the savings account of the State of Texas. It is the envy of every other state in the union, and I believe we should only use this fund in cases of extreme need such as in 2013 when the legislature voted to use $2.3BB of the fund to create the State Water Implementation Fund (SWIFT) for long term water planning during the drought. That is an example of an investment of taxpayer money that has helped start the fix for the long term water needs of this state. Those are the types of investments where I would approve of utilizing the Economic Stabilization Fund.
Even under the proposals during the 85th session, local jurisdictions would still have been able to manage their tax rates just like they have for decades. The "rollback" provision that was discussed would have simply given the local taxpayer a vote to authorize any tax increase above 5% instead of 8%. Further, I am in favor of continuing to protect the private property rights and constitutional rights of property owners and citizens from overzealous local government regulation. I will ere on the side of the taxpayer and the citizens of this state.
Recent legislative changes have added roughly $4BB annually to the TXDOT budget. These amounts will continue to grow over the coming years IF the legislature doesn’t access the funds for other, non-transportation needs. My assessment is “the jury is still out” and we must continue to monitor the additional revenues generated by these two significant legislative changes. I agree with Governor Abbott who has been very vocal about reducing reliance on toll-roads. The two voter approved Constitutional Amendments will add significant revenue streams for TXDOT over time to improve and maintain our bridges, highways, and transportation for Texas families and businesses. For now, we need to see how this progresses and then adjust if needed.
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Irving High, UTA B.A., UD Bilingual Studies, TCU Real Estate, UTA Urban Studies, Texas Wesleyan Law
Without a Supreme Court ruling that our system of funding schools is unconstitutional, it is unlikely that the legislature will act on the issue, even though the state is not spending enough money on schools. Like many in the legislature, I would like to see the finance system improved. The legislature should examine the impact of a provision that has allocated money to school districts to help offset mandated property tax cuts. It should also examine the use of local property taxes to fund public education and its effects on educational quality and on Texas taxpayers. The legislature should heed the call to action. Texas should not settle for just “adequate”.
The real name of the "Rainy Day Fund" is the Economic Stabilization Fund. The original intent was to provide a reserve that would serve to even out the the ebb and flow from fluctuating revenues from the oil and gas industry. In good times, additional revenue would flow into the fund, and in leaner times, the fund would be there to make up the difference. I believe it is an appropriate use of the Rainy Day Fund to provide additional monies for education and to assist in times of emergencies and disasters like Hurricane Harvey, for example.
I favor local control and oppose additional restrictions on cities' ability to raise property taxes. In the broader sense, I oppose the legislature's trend toward removing local control from our counties and municipalities. Local government is closest to the people and needs to have the authority to enact ordinances in keeping with its residents' wishes. It should have the ability to regulate fracking, enact tree ordinances, establish zoning, and regulate payday lending, as examples.
The Midtown Express Project is set to be completed this year on Hwy 183 & Loop 12, Hwy 114 & Northwest Hwy and will increase capacity and reconstruct portions of those highways. The Legislature should commit to completing the ultimate project for these roadways which is not currently funded. I oppose replacing our network of freeways with more toll roads. I remember when the DFW Turnpike was built. The promise was kept to remove the toll booths once the road was paid. Why could we not do that today? Meanwhile, the legislature should examine and support transportation alternates such as the bullet train. We cannot pave our way out of the problem.
The state legislature needs representatives who understand the need for compromise and working together across party lines; legislators who can balance the need for fiscal responsibility with the needs of the state; legislators who support Texas families with educational opportunities, access to healthcare, and protection for the most vulnerable in our society, the children; legislators who will fight for working families with good paying jobs. Too often the legislature has practiced the politics of division. This is a diverse district and deserves to have a representative who celebrates its diversity as a strength; one who will build bridges not walls.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information System
The best investment we can make is educating our children who are our future. The education must include focus on STEAM and Drug prevention. State law requires public education to be substantially financed through state revenue sources. We all have a shared and equal responsibility to educate our children and the state must hold up their end of the bargain. Today, this isn't the case as our educational system is broken. We need long term solutions...not more dialogue and research to prove this point. The state should pay its fair share and not leave this burden to local property taxpayers.
Legislature structured the "Rainy Day Fund" to automatically set aside some tax revenues in boom years to help the state during downturns. Appropriations should be made in response to budget deficits, projected revenue shortfalls, disaster relief, public education needs, economic development and health & human services.
I oppose any additional restrictions on cities' ability to raise property taxes. Every city is unique...for example public safety can be a priority in one place whereas infrastructure is more important elsewhere. I like to see each city have the control to do what's best for their own community.
I'm not in favor of placing restrictions on cities ability to regulate for the greater good of the its neighborhood. As I stated above, the one-size-fit all approach doesn't work.
I'm in favor of managed lanes because it provides faster travel for those paying a user fee or meeting certain requirements. The fact that it diverts traffic to help commuters move efficiently in all lanes is a major plus. Commuters in managed lanes can choose whether to drive in the non-tolled lanes or pay a toll to drive in managed lanes that can offer more predictable travel times. This will keep motorists satisfied as the new highway project goes forward while bringing in money to fund it.
Infrastructure is very important in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), specifically the construction project on Airport Freeway/Highway 183. We can all agree that mobility is extremely important. Irving is located in the middle of DFW and the 9-mile stretch that runs through this city is critical to growth and revenue. I vow to be focused on the completion of this construction, get funds to finish and work with TX DOT to ensure it gets done.
Our own personal health and the health of others we love is very important to us. Economically speaking, increased health care costs could be devastating. I will support Medicaid expansion and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
BSME Univ. Of MO,1969
MSME Washington Univ., St. Louis MO 1975
Professional Engineer MO 1975
I like to revisit "no child left behind" theory. I like to introduce with holding student to same grade if they do not master the material they suppose to know. I like parent to be responsible for their children education, take interest in home work, school activities and shape their future. I like parent to look around, take survey and notice what kind of jobs available and prepare their kids. ISD will teach for future but parent shall develop kids future. Education is necessary to break poverty cycle. Parent are best teacher to motivate kids.
Funding for school is primarily from property taxes and allocations. You can tax only so much on property. Allocation is also limited to what is collected in taxes etc.
Rainy day funding is for unexpected circumstances. If justify then shall be used.Each ISD needing rainy day funds to justify their need .THe criteria set to create fund must be mat.
Yes. Local community are best to gauge the need and approve necessary restriction. How ever state mandates has to taken in account.Local community has to voice their opinion to state for state wide issues.
Appraisals of homes are higher thus local community will get more money. Raising property tax is not good idea.No. fracking issue should be local issue. The location is key for local community to accept or reject.
I like TXdot to create a "think tank " committee and outline all the needs for several years. Get ahead of the curve. State may not have all the funds and may think of toll road or manage lanes funding from private entities. I would strongly urge toll authorities to synchronize service roads signal lights such it moves traffic as fast as toll road. Concept of toll road is "user pay to use" Some people can not afford and they shall not be penalized for slow moving traffic on service road. There shall be sunset date when toll road becomes freeway.
Red light camera should be removed. It collects revenue for city but it does not reduce any work load to police department. To prosecute violators, police has to review and validate tickets and it takes time. Police department might as well issue citation on street and let it stick.
Family bath rooms are available for children, handicapped persons. Why not this family bathroom to be part of consideration with "bathroom " bill.
Even though it is federal issue but DACA dreamers came with parent and leave with parent.You should mot break the family bond just because you do know only this country. Some one said if you go to Disney land with parent ilegally and got caught can childrn stay in park if parent are expelled.