Texas House, District 103
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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Rafael M Anchia (Dem)
Rep. Anchia is a Managing Director in the international real estate private equity firm, Civitas Capital Management, and is Of Cousel at the largest law firm in Dallas, Haynes & Boone.
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?
• 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.
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