Texas House, District 102
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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Ana Maria Ramos (Dem)
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?
BA - University of Texas at Arlington
MBA - Texas Woman's University
JD - SMU
As an educator, I believe quality public education must be our number one legislative priority. Our Texas constitution mandates we provide quality public schools, unfortunately we have consistently failed to do so. I believe we need to strengthen our public schools and renew our investment in Texas children and families. If we are to ensure a prosperous future for all Texans, we must stop diverting resources away from our neighborhood schools through privatization of public school funds. Additionally, the State must renew its investment in per-student funding allowing local school districts the freedom to enhance instructional and enrichment activities instead of being forced to cut programs that affect our most vulnerable students.
The original intent of the “Rainy Day Fund” or Economic Stabilization Fund was to “smooth out the roller coaster” during tough financial times. The fund was specifically designed to protect Texans during hard times by maintaining ongoing state services without the need to raise taxes or cut critical programs. Unfortunately, the exact opposite is happening. While the fund has grown significantly, the quality and availability of necessary and crucial public services has dramatically declined. I believe we need to return to the original intent of the fund creation. We can no longer allow our state to rank highest in uninsured, highest in drop-out rates, lowest in school funding while ignoring accessibility to an obvious, viable solution.
Local communities know what is best for their community. Texas consistently fights for state’s rights while taking away local rights. I believe in local municipalities’ ability to decide how to best operate their government and serve their citizens. Local city council members earned the trust of their voters to decide what works best for them in their local communities. Unfortunately, the state legislature has increasingly stripped away these local rights and has turned their back on local municipalities. The state has inserted itself in municipality matters while denying citizens their rights and freedom of speech. I support local control and renewing citizens’ rights to regulate their own communities.
I believe we should explore alternative options to addressing highway congestion without increasing toll roads. Although there is a space for toll lanes within our highway system, we need to invest in our infrastructure through a reasonable economic stimulus program. Our first response to addressing public highway congestion cannot and should not be privatization and double taxation. Additionally, we need to reevaluate public oversight, transparency and accountability of our tollway authority. End users and public consumers deserve a viable and user-friendly recourse to address common tollway concerns. Investing in infrastructure will not only improve our economy but also provide a better, quality of life for all Texans.
Texas children and families deserve better. To ensure a strong economy and a prosperous future for all Texans tomorrow, we must renew our commitment and investment in Texans today. As an educator, I believe one of the most pressing issues in the next legislative session is to protect and strengthen access to quality, public education including investing in community colleges and workforce training programs. An educated, skilled, and qualified workforce will attract strong businesses, ignite job creation, and generate sustainable, living wages. Our community colleges and institutions of higher education are key components to building a lasting, prosperous economy and to creating the American Dream for millions of Texas families.
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