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    Dana Townsend
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    Terry Walsh
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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?

GUN SAFETY: What, if anything, should be done to address concerns over gun violence? Please be specific and include the source of funding for new initiatives, if appropriate.

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 62
Education Richardson High, UTA BA, UD Bilingual Studies, TCU Real Estate, UTA Urban Plng, 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.
A majority of law enforcement and college presidents opposed open carry and campus carry, respectively. For law enforcement, it creates the dilemma of distinguishing the good guy with a gun from the bad guy with a gun, without making us any safer. We need to repeal open carry and campus carry gun laws. Legislators need to consider some common sense gun safety legislation.
A majority of law enforcement and college presidents opposed open carry and campus carry, respectively. For law enforcement, it creates the dilemma of distinguishing the good guy with a gun from the bad guy with a gun, without making us any safer. We need to repeal open carry and campus carry gun laws. Legislators need to consider some common sense gun safety legislation.
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.
Age 68
Education Hillcrest High School, UT Arlington (BS), UT Dallas (Masters)
Free community college tuition and vocational training for graduates of Texas high schools and adults to allow them to share in the prosperity taking place in Dallas and Texas by giving them the education and skills needed to fill the jobs available in the current economy like nursing, Internet Technology, programming, etc. eliminating wealth disparity and providing health care.

high schools - electives in vocational training, programming/coding, and The Bible taught in a non-denominational secular way with The Bible as a textbook and the role it has played in the establishment and values of our country.

Increase teacher pay and pension fund.

Ban cellphone use in school due to spike in depression and suicide-related behavior.
Tap the Rainy Day Fund to address Harvey to supplement money received in federal funds if needed for relief and rebuilding efforts and for projects to prevent future flooding

Fund the teacher's pension fund and increase teacher pay.

Increase funding to public education.

Infrastructure improvement and movement away from toll roads.

Child protective services.

Child welfare and mental health.

Maintain some funds for future crises.
Any loss of innocent life is tragic and we should objectively research ways to make sure the military coordinates with law enforcement and also individuals make authorities aware of anyone who might pose an existential threat and we need to include lives that were saved and crimes prevented by firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens in any policy decisions but any steps we take need to include a proper understanding of individual rights including the right to self-defense which should not be dependent on statistics or numbers.

Learn from places like Israel on protecting our schools to provide a safe environment in which our children can learn without fear or distraction with funds provisioned from the Rainy Day Fund and other.
Gasoline and other taxes/fees on vehicles should be used for highway construction, improvement and maintenance only and not diverted for other uses and non-road related purposes.

Tolls are inherently inefficient with reports that up to 80 percent of the money raised from tolls goes to the company managing the toll roads. Tolls should come off when the debt is retired and at that time maintenance should then revert to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Tolls also have a disparate impact on the poor, there is no accountability to the public who ends up paying for the road twice in gas taxes and tolls, and congestion.
Eliminate property tax.

Our transportation infrastructure funding is being diverted to pay for other budget items - we need to stop diverting these monies.

Water transportation to get it from where it is to where it is needed while balancing the water needs of urban and rural.

Free community college and Occupational job training to fill high-paying paying jobs that have healthcare.

New power plants and harden them.