Irving High, UTA B.A., UD Bilingual Studies, TCU Real Estate, UTA Urban Studies, Texas Wesleyan Law
Without a Supreme Court ruling that our system of funding schools is unconstitutional, it is unlikely that the legislature will act on the issue, even though the state is not spending enough money on schools. Like many in the legislature, I would like to see the finance system improved. The legislature should examine the impact of a provision that has allocated money to school districts to help offset mandated property tax cuts. It should also examine the use of local property taxes to fund public education and its effects on educational quality and on Texas taxpayers. The legislature should heed the call to action. Texas should not settle for just “adequate”.
The real name of the "Rainy Day Fund" is the Economic Stabilization Fund. The original intent was to provide a reserve that would serve to even out the the ebb and flow from fluctuating revenues from the oil and gas industry. In good times, additional revenue would flow into the fund, and in leaner times, the fund would be there to make up the difference. I believe it is an appropriate use of the Rainy Day Fund to provide additional monies for education and to assist in times of emergencies and disasters like Hurricane Harvey, for example.
I favor local control and oppose additional restrictions on cities' ability to raise property taxes. In the broader sense, I oppose the legislature's trend toward removing local control from our counties and municipalities. Local government is closest to the people and needs to have the authority to enact ordinances in keeping with its residents' wishes. It should have the ability to regulate fracking, enact tree ordinances, establish zoning, and regulate payday lending, as examples.
The Midtown Express Project is set to be completed this year on Hwy 183 & Loop 12, Hwy 114 & Northwest Hwy and will increase capacity and reconstruct portions of those highways. The Legislature should commit to completing the ultimate project for these roadways which is not currently funded. I oppose replacing our network of freeways with more toll roads. I remember when the DFW Turnpike was built. The promise was kept to remove the toll booths once the road was paid. Why could we not do that today? Meanwhile, the legislature should examine and support transportation alternates such as the bullet train. We cannot pave our way out of the problem.
The state legislature needs representatives who understand the need for compromise and working together across party lines; legislators who can balance the need for fiscal responsibility with the needs of the state; legislators who support Texas families with educational opportunities, access to healthcare, and protection for the most vulnerable in our society, the children; legislators who will fight for working families with good paying jobs. Too often the legislature has practiced the politics of division. This is a diverse district and deserves to have a representative who celebrates its diversity as a strength; one who will build bridges not walls.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information System
The best investment we can make is educating our children who are our future. The education must include focus on STEAM and Drug prevention. State law requires public education to be substantially financed through state revenue sources. We all have a shared and equal responsibility to educate our children and the state must hold up their end of the bargain. Today, this isn't the case as our educational system is broken. We need long term solutions...not more dialogue and research to prove this point. The state should pay its fair share and not leave this burden to local property taxpayers.
Legislature structured the "Rainy Day Fund" to automatically set aside some tax revenues in boom years to help the state during downturns. Appropriations should be made in response to budget deficits, projected revenue shortfalls, disaster relief, public education needs, economic development and health & human services.
I oppose any additional restrictions on cities' ability to raise property taxes. Every city is unique...for example public safety can be a priority in one place whereas infrastructure is more important elsewhere. I like to see each city have the control to do what's best for their own community.
I'm not in favor of placing restrictions on cities ability to regulate for the greater good of the its neighborhood. As I stated above, the one-size-fit all approach doesn't work.
I'm in favor of managed lanes because it provides faster travel for those paying a user fee or meeting certain requirements. The fact that it diverts traffic to help commuters move efficiently in all lanes is a major plus. Commuters in managed lanes can choose whether to drive in the non-tolled lanes or pay a toll to drive in managed lanes that can offer more predictable travel times. This will keep motorists satisfied as the new highway project goes forward while bringing in money to fund it.
Infrastructure is very important in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), specifically the construction project on Airport Freeway/Highway 183. We can all agree that mobility is extremely important. Irving is located in the middle of DFW and the 9-mile stretch that runs through this city is critical to growth and revenue. I vow to be focused on the completion of this construction, get funds to finish and work with TX DOT to ensure it gets done.
Our own personal health and the health of others we love is very important to us. Economically speaking, increased health care costs could be devastating. I will support Medicaid expansion and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).