Last year the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Texas school finance system was “minimally constitutional,” and that any fix would be left up to the legislature. What changes would you implement to the current school finance system?
Texas’ public school finance system should be sustainable and efficient. The state’s share of funding for education needs to be increased while also making sure that local property tax dollars collected for education should be utilized for education.
For the sake of both our children’s futures and our property owners the state must return to funding a larger share of public education. The uniform and equal clause of Texas appraisal aw must be adjusted to create a more even balance between large corporate businesses, home owners and small businesses. We should not be spending $800 million per cycle on federal responsibilities while underfunding education.
What tools would you utilize to keep highway congestion down and ensure our infrastructure is up to date as the North Texas region continues to grow?
Maintaining all tools in the tool box is necessary to support the continued growth in the region and the state. The full appropriation of prop 1 and prop 7 revenues must be preserved; affirm local control of prioritization of transportation projects, support project delivery tools for mitigating congestion such as tolled managed lanes, and support Texas high speed rail.
Incentivize greater usage of mass transit in more urban areas. Use all gas tax revenues on transportation needs and highways. If essential construct toll roads financed through the state and eliminate the tolls when the roads are paid for.
Do you support or oppose the use of tax incentives as a tool in economic development for the region?
In order to ensure continued large capital investment in our communities, this state should continue to retain those tools that level the playing field for Texas. Our state needs to continue to have the ability to compete across the country for business growth and job creation and maintaining all available economic development programs is essential.
I support the use of tax incentives as long as the process is entirely transparent and allows for meaningful input from individuals and entities that might be adversely impacted or have differing viewpoints. I would also insist on strict enforcement regarding commitments made by those receiving incentives and serious penalties for failing to meet these commitments.
What steps would you take to restrain the growth of healthcare costs while maintaining access to high quality care?
Texas should maximize opportunities to draw federal health care dollars into our region. Additionally, state leaders should promote stable, adequate, and predictable funding for health care providers in Texas, including trauma care funding and the renewal of the Provider Participation Fund (LPPF) for counties that are able to obtain federal matching funds for vital Medicaid supplemental payment programs.
I would strongly support expending Medicaid in Texas under the ACA. Taking this single action would help all out hospitals, insure hundreds of thousands of currently uninsured Texans, bring billions of our tax dollars back to Texas, create thousands of good paying jobs and help cut property taxes.
The State’s 60X30 plan aims to greatly increase the number of 24-35 year-olds who obtain a degree or certificate after high school. What strategies will you support to help Texas and its students meet that goal and ensure a competitive workforce?
Investment in Texas’ institutions of higher education and better graduation incentives are both critical to ensuring Texas achieves the goals in the 60x30 plan. This includes improving pathways for credential completion to meet regional industry needs; streamlining the college credit transfer process, including dual credit and early college high schools, toward faster certificate and degree completion and reduced student debt; and sustaining student financial aid programs, including fully funding TEXAS Grants and Tuition Equalization Grant.
I believe 30X60 is a reasonable goal. To work towards it I would encourage stronger partnerships between secondary schools, community colleges and private industry to carefully and effectively expand the use of dual credit courses and industrial certifications to help as many high school graduates as possible move closer to an associate degree and viable career options. I would maintain in-state tuition for Dreamers.
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