University of Texas at Austin
Thurgood Marshall School of Law, JD
The Legislature must be committed to providing an excellent education for all of the children of Texas, second to none. We must strive to ensure that the States priority includes being committed to equalize funding, so there will be no second and/or third tier levels of education in Texas.
I think the use of the Rainy Day fund is appropriate for any meaningful needs that State of Texas has in order to develop and maintain the programs and services necessary to improve and protect the quality of life for all of the citizens of Texas. This would include, health care, education, infrastructure as well as other emergencies which might threaten Texas' quality of life and living conditions.
I believe in local control, and would not seek to limit their ability to execute their authority. I believe that their are different levels of government federal, state, and local, and they all have their respective jurisdictions, which should be respected. I believe that our government works better when there is a collaborative effort on the changing issues in various communities and will continue to work toward a solution for our mutual constituents.
Unfortunately, funding for highway maintenance and construction does not keep up with the growing need for the State. Currently,
the State is attempting to look at various financing methods, different delivery methods, and innovation to help close the funding deficit.
I think toll /managed lanes could assist in reducing congestion, however, we must always leave the option up to citizens to make their choice, whether to travel a toll/manage lane vs a free lane.
The budget is always critical and pressing as we seek to set the priorities for the State. The States value's should be reflected in the budget. I will continue to offer support and directions for the initiatives that improve the quality of life for Texans. Secondly we must evaluate how we utilize the various incentives and programs that the State offers to attract as well as retain goods jobs for our citizens and create a strong economy. The State must make a serious effort to adequately fund education, expand health care for our children as well as our seniors by balancing the interest of businesses as well as the citizens.
Juris Doctor, WMU Cooley Law
B.A. Criminology & Criminal Justice, UT Arlington
Texas public schools are sorely underfunded. Increasing the base amount each district receives per student (base allotment) can guarantee a minimum level of funding to public schools that need it the most. This could be achieved though the General Appropriations Act alone, without relying on the Legislature to pass a stand-alone bill. In addition, reforming base formulas so that districts, such as property poor districts, have a stable source of funds and making sure local dollars stay in education and not being siphoned for non-educational purposes would also ensure more funds are available for public education.
We need to invest more money to ensure that all Texas children get a quality education.
This money belongs to people and is appropriate to use these funds to meet the needs of Texas families.
So any need is an appropriate use of this money if needed. For example, money is desperately needed to fund public education, transportation, foster care, and economic development.
I oppose additional restrictions on cities’ ability to raise property.
With regard to fracking and gun sales, I would oppose legislation and any other measure intended to undermine cities’ ability to pass ordinances that they deem necessary in order to maintain community safety and standards.
The Legislature needs to refocus its efforts and work towards a solution that will benefit and meet the needs of Texas drivers. Empowering local municipalities and giving them the authority they need to solve local transportation problems would be step towards a solution.
Redistricting: Future projections, increased density in urban areas, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the heart of The Voting Rights Act, redistricting will be a major Texas battle with lasting consequences. I am dedicated to champion for the proper funding of 2020 Census, if needed, to maintain the integrity of the 2020 Census and fighting for every seat in redistricting.
Gentrification: I support economic development, however, the displacement of residents and availability of affordable housing is a rising concern for residents districts undergoing major development. I will actively support and champion legislation that will address the negative effects of gentrification and benefit people of district 104