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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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    Joe Ruzicka (Rep) Retired Naval Officer

  • Deanna Maria Metzger (Rep)

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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.
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