• J.D., Tulane University Law School, 1993
• B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1990, cum laude
Public education has consistently been underfunded in the state of Texas. In 2011, the legislature reduced public education funding by $5.4 billion. Even though a lot of that funding has been restored in subsequent legislatures, it's not enough to keep up with the much of that funding has been restored, but it hasn't been enough to keep up with the state's student population growth during that same time period.
The Rainy Day Fund should be used to help fund public education and the shortfalls in the Teacher Retirement System.
I believe in the concept of local control and did not vote in favor of taking that away from municipalities during the last several legislative sessions. I would definitely not favor additional restrictions.
I think that, if the legislature is not going to adequately fund transportation needs in this state, then public-private contracts are necessary to construct and maintain highways. Toll roads are often the only solutions to underfunded transportation projects.
I believe redistricting will be an issue, and I have in previous sessions filed legislation that would create an independent redistricting commission. I also think that Texas will have to deal with the undermining of clean air standards that is happening under President Trump's administration. The issue of school vouchers, which I oppose and which siphon off public dollars to private schools, will continue to be an issue.
Holmes - nursing (registered nurse)
various U.S. Army training courses and schools
Free community college tuition and vocational training for graduates of Texas high schools and adults to allow them to share in the prosperity taking place in Dallas and Texas by giving them the education and skills needed to fill the jobs available in the current economy like nursing, Internet Technology, programming, etc. eliminating wealth disparity and providing health care.
high schools - electives in vocational training, programming/coding, and The Bible taught in a non-denominational secular way with The Bible as a textbook and the role it has played in the establishment and values of our country.
Increase teacher pay and pension fund
Ban cellphone use in school due to spike in depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts
Tap the Rainy Day Fund to address Harvey to supplement money received in federal funds if needed for relief and rebuilding efforts and for projects to prevent future flooding
Fund the teacher's pension fund and increase teacher pay.
Increase funding to public education.
Child protective services.
Child welfare and mental health.
Maintain some funds for future crises.
Eliminate property taxes - Zero property tax - you shouldn't have to rent property you own from the government - this helps everyone especially senior citizens on fixed incomes and even renters because several hundred dollars of their rent can actually be property taxes passed on to them by the apartment complex as part of their rent. Zero property tax limits how local gov't can tax you allowing you to keep your money in your pocket... A slight raise in the sales tax can compensate for the property tax and give people choice on what the pay in consumption - zero property tax will also bring more people and companies to Texas
Gasoline and other taxes/fees on vehicles should be used for highway construction, improvement and maintenance only and not diverted for other uses and non-road related purposes.
Tolls are inherently inefficient with reports that up to 80 percent of the money raised from tolls goes to the company managing the toll roads. Tolls should come off when the debt is retired and at that time maintenance should then revert to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Tolls also have a disparate impact on the poor, there is no accountability to the public who ends up paying for the road twice in gas taxes and tolls, congestion increases due to resulting traffic diversion which in turn increases the environmental impact.
The most pressing challenges facing Texas are transportation, water, healthcare, electric power and education.
As Texas continues to grow, we outgrow our transportation infrastructure and funding is shrinking and being diverted to pay for other budget items - we need to stop diverting these monies.
Institute water conservation and water transportation to get it from where it is to where it is needed while balancing the water needs of urban and rural.
Texas is the uninsured capital of the United States - free college and vo-tech creating well paying jobs that have healthcare and educating caregivers to close gap of providers will ease the number of uninsured and provide financial security.
We need new power plants and harden them.