Texas Senate District 2
4-year term. Must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident ofTexas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible forrepresenting the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in theTexas Senate.
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Kendall Scudder (Dem)
Education Programing for Affordable Housing
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?
Sam Houston State University, BA in Political Science
Part of having a strong public education system is about reinforcing the foundation of that system to meet current needs and prepare for the future. The Texas legislature can reduce inequities in state funding formulas by increasing the basic allotment per student, scrapping outdated tax exemptions, appraising commercial properties at market value, and accepting federal dollars when they’re made available.
I support scrapping the A-F grading system for accountability, significantly scaling back standardized testing and our reliance on them for evaluation, keeping our promises to our retired teachers, and defeating vouchers in any shape or form.
I believe that the Rainy Day fund should be used for what it was intended for - economic stabilization. When Texas finds itself in a situation where services that are vital to our state’s economic stability are at risk, we have an obligation to maintain those services.
One-size-fits-all mandates from the State of Texas do our citizens a disservice. We should be allowing our local governments to govern without undue interference from the state because they know their communities better than the bureaucrats in Austin.
We need to be making smart investments that provide real solutions to our highway system instead of looking at quick fixes as well as more transparency in the public big process to ensure that the good ol’ boy system isn’t robbing our pocket books. We should also place a higher priority on infrastructure investments than corporate welfare for massive conglomerates. I would support legislation for managed lanes that allow citizens the freedom to choose their transportation options.
Too many rural communities in northeast Texas are struggling to keep the younger generation of leaders in their communities due to a lack of good paying jobs in our area. Texas needs do a better job bringing in businesses that offer good paying jobs and seek out innovative companies to locate here..
Our current system of drawing political districts after each census is outdated and worrisome. Politicians should not be choosing their voters; voters should be choosing their representatives! That’s why I believe the best way to strengthen citizen representation and allow the voice of voters to be heard is to establish non-partisan redistricting committees to take political self-interest out of drawing districts.
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