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Texas House, District 113

2 year term. Must be 21 or older, a US citizen, resident of Texas and the district represented. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in the Texas House of Representatives.
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    Rhetta Andrews Bowers (Dem) Substitute Teacher, former Broadcast Journalist

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EDUCATION: What changes, if any, should be made to public education and its funding in Texas?

RAINY DAY FUND: What uses are appropriate, in your opinion, for the Rainy Day fund?

LOCAL CONTROL: Are you in favor or opposed to additional restrictions on cities’ ability to raise property taxes? If in favor, how would you implement? Last session saw restrictions placed on cities’ ability to regulate fracking, gun sales, etc. Are you in favor of these restrictions and would you favor additional restrictions?

HIGHWAY FUNDS: How would you address the growing need for funding for highway maintenance and construction? What is your position on allowing tolled lanes to reduce congestion on crowded highways?

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?

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Age 50
Education BA in Telecommunications from Texas Southern University
Campaign Phone (972) 379-8080
Twitter @RhettaForHD113
I would primarily work with other legislators on fully restoring the funding that was cut from the budget back in 2011 and look at what can be done to increase our investments in our neighborhood schools, our teachers and the key to our future and most precious gifts, our students. As our state, continues to grow and swell, we must keep up with the growth and invest in our future leaders.
I do feel an appropriate use of the Rainy Day Fund would be assisting in the investment desperately needed for our students, schools and teachers. Texas schools are in a crisis and the investment is critical to the success of the productive citizens being shaped on primary and secondary campuses across our state.
I am in favor of local control and will support if I am elected. I do believe each local governing body should have control over property tax rates in their municipalities. I am in favor of a city's ability to regulate fracking and gun laws. I believe in gun violence prevention and believe more stringent restrictions are necessary.
I believe there is a growing need for funding for highway maintenance and construction. I would support the expansion of highway 635 with the understanding that residents commuting in and out of the district are faced with overwhelming amounts of traffic to and from work each day, not to mention, the difficulty of transporting goods and services in and out of our area. I do not promote tolled lanes to reduce congested highways.
I believe the following issues will be or should be pressing during the 86th Legislative session:

Public Education Healthcare Jobs - Economy

I believe that Public Education must remain a high priority budgetary item and that Education Finance reform is a must. Our students deserve the kind of investment that we can expect high returns on. Our students are our most treasured resource and should be properly invested in. Texas is considered a highly uninsured and under-insured state and we must change that for the better. Our citizens deserve access to quality and affordable healthcare. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Texans deserve access to jobs and a livable wage.