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Texas House, District 107

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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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?

Age 44
Education BS--US Naval Academy MS--University of San Diego
Campaign Phone (469) 802-6281
Twitter @Joe4TX
Texas’ constitution and state laws decree that providing a quality education for all children is a state responsibility. Lawmakers must fix the state's broken school finance system and eliminate several funding elements that are outmoded, inefficient, and not based on current costs or needs. Additionally, the formulas that make up the school finance system are not adjusted for inflation or growth in property values. We need a plan that increases equity and allows local dollars to remain in local communities because they know how to best use their resources.
There has to be a balance between maintaining a healthy amount in the fund for unexpected or unforeseen events and using the funds in a prudent manner. Since the Texas Constitution specifically authorizes appropriations from the Legislature for budget deficits and projected revenue shortfalls, we must maintain an appropriate level for those two items. Using funds for any other general purpose must be urgent in nature such as disaster relief or maintaining the economic health for a statewide issue.
We need laws that strike a meaningful balance between private property and local control. The ability to own property is one of our most valued principles in a free market economy and to feel like you cannot live in your own home due to high taxes is devastating. Capping rates on cities’ ability to collect property taxes is one “tool in the toolkit”, but legislators must also look at all potential solutions or combination of potential solutions before acting.

In general, if creating a statewide law improves and provides clarity in place of overlapping local restrictions then it should be considered. An example would be the law for statewide texting while driving ban.
With a booming population and workforce, Texas must place emphasis on transportation and infrastructure. We must increase budget transparency and keep gas taxes collected for the purpose of building highways--for highways--instead of being diverted for other purposes.

I am against further toll road projects. I would consider supporting a small amount of managed lane projects where there is a critical and immediate need because managed lane projects provide a choice for consumers.
Water. Texas must continue to develop a strong and reliable water supply for the long term health of our economy and population. Water is our most important natural resource on the planet and we must take steps to preserve and improve our water supply to remain a competitive state. Texas must reduce water waste, look for opportunities to recycle water, and provide incentives to businesses for solutions to improve and increase our water supply.
Age 27
Education Bachelor of Arts from LSU Juris Doctor from SMU Dedman School of Law
Campaign Phone (972) 427-4021
Twitter @perryfortexas
The current school finance system is broken, and through cooperation with local ISD’s, the State must find solutions that increase funding to ensure quality public education for all Texans and fix a broken system to promote long-term funding stability for education. Education needs to be a budget priority and not the last item on the agenda.

In addition, there needs to be a long-term funding solution for the TRS-Care program that will maintain the program’s long-term solvency and remove the need for large, immediate influxes of money to temporarily fix ancillary issues. One area that needs focus is the correlation between rising health care costs across the country and Texas and the formula for funding TRS-Care through payroll deductions.
The Texas Rainy Day fund is one of the largest of its kind in the entire country because we, in Texas, have put a priority on making sure our financial security is sound and strong. Like a family's budget, the Rainy-Day fund is an emergency savings account that we should only tap in the most desperate of circumstances such as budget deficits due to outside forces or natural disasters.There is a proposal to use some of the Rainy-Day Fund to fund educations. However, because the fund is dictated by oil and gas royalties to the state, this plan has the potential to cause major funding shortage to education the next time oil and gas prices drop. The Rainy-Day fund should be used for immediate short term fixes not long term funding solutions.
Local control is one of the tenants of conservative values. Nevertheless, there is room to make reforms to increase transparency in appraisal and tax rate setting process. The fact is, a lot of the restriction proposals on local control are efforts to address sky rocking property tax. If we fix our school funding problem right, we can provide meaningful property tax relief. Currently, local school districts are being forced to carrier the bulk of the funding load.
As someone who deals with our daily congestion every day, nothing would make me happier than to never have to sit in bumper to bumper traffic again. But the fact is, we will never have all the funds needed for the transportation “to-do” list.

The North Texas economy is growing; businesses are relocating here and bringing with them more and more jobs. If we try to tax our way to fund all the transportation needs, the economy will suffer, jobs will disappear and the citizens will suffer.

I view toll or managed lanes as a measure of absolute last resort. We should first work together to ensure taxpayer dollars go where they are needed. Tolls are just another version of a tax on hard-working taxpayers.
I believe education is one of the most important investments Texas can make. In order to remain an economic powerhouse, Texas must embrace education as its best tool to prepare future Texans for the jobs of the future. The State needs to make education a higher priority and increase state funding. Simultaneously, homeowners are feeling the pain of increased tax bills from growing property appraisals. We have an immediate need to fix education finance in order to promote education and provide property tax relief. In the short term, the State should prioritize the increase in revenue it is receiving from our growing economy toward education. Long term, we need to go back to the drawing board on how we fund education in Texas.
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