Texans know far better how to spend, save and steward their money than any politician in Austin. This past session, I was proud to author landmark legislation that works to ban a state income tax. And I also fought for the passage of legislation that will tackle your skyrocketing property tax burden. We’ve achieved remarkable victories for Texas’ taxpayers – but we cannot rest. Going forward, be assured that I will continue to aggressively support and work to advance legislation that protects your pocketbook, limits the size and scope of government, reduces abusive spending and keeps taxes low.
Strengthening Public Education
I’ve got three reasons to support public education: Brady, Charlotte & Landry. Without question, investing in the children of Texas is the best investment we can make for the future of Texas! Just as I’ve done in my four terms in the Texas House – most notably as a Co-Author of House Bill 3, the Texas Plan – I will continue to ensure that our students, their families and our hard-working educators are supported with a smart, sustainable stream of state funding and bold reforms that work to unleash the great potential of the next generation of Texas leaders.
Building Safe Communities
Ensuring our state is safe is a core competency of government - and it is a top priority for me as your advocate in Austin. While Washington, D.C. has failed in its duty to secure our border, Texas has stepped up, dedicating billions in state funds to support our state border operations with new tools, resources, technology and personnel. We have cracked down hard on the cartels and organized crime. We have declared war on human traffickers, while providing support and care for the women and children they prey upon. And we’ve reformed our laws to ensure our criminal justice system is tough, fair and smart. With all that we’ve accomplished, we cannot rest. We must remain ever vigilant and continue to prioritize public safety, in word and deed. We must unequivocally support our law enforcement. We must aggressively work to secure our border. And we must continue to advance laws and invest in the resources necessary to ensure every Texan, no matter where he or she lives, is safe.
Promoting Safe Schools
Make no mistake: keeping our children safe will continue to be a top priority for me for as long as I have the opportunity to serve you at the Capitol. The pressing challenges on this front were made even more clear to me after I toured every single public school in House District 67 in the fall of 2018. I’m glad that we made great strides this past session, working in a bi-partisan fashion to advance proven security measures, to ensure additional counseling services and to improve and invest in innovative mental health resources. That said, our work on this front never ends. More than ever, the students and educators in the nearly 50 schools in House District, and the thousands of schools across Texas, expect and demand for the Legislature to give this issue the attention and focus it deserves.
Supporting our Texas Values
The primary function of Government, at all levels, is to protect and safeguard your fundamental rights. While government can play many roles in our lives – time and again we’ve seen that government action and bureaucracy often creates more problems than it seeks to solve. Bottom line: I believe in you – the people of Texas – and I trust you to make the best decisions for yourselves, your families and your businesses. Without reservation, I will continue to work on the frontlines to safeguard your fundamental freedoms, including your right to worship, to assemble, to speak, to petition your government, to keep and bear arms and to protect your property rights.
Promoting a Culture of Life
Government must work aggressively to protect innocent human life– from the womb to the tomb. We must continue to be on the front lines in the fight for the pre-born Texans who can’t fight for themselves, while working to support and care for the women and families who find themselves facing the sometimes harsh reality of an unplanned pregnancy, including continuing to invest in vital women’s health services. We must also provide better options for expectant mothers other than terminating an innocent life, including making adoption easier and more affordable, advocating for vulnerable children who find themselves trapped in state custody under the supervision of CPS, and fighting on behalf of victims of human trafficking, sexual assault and sexual abuse. The fight for life also includes advocating for men and women who have been wrongfully accused and convicted and unjustly imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.
Supporting Texas Heroes
Whether it’s providing tax relief or employment resources to our returning or wounded veterans, or ensuring additional training, tools, resources and support for our fire fighters and police officers, we must do everything in our power to actively and aggressively support our Texas heroes. After all, it’s the least we can do for the men and women who literally put their lives on the line to keep us safe and free.
Securing the “Texas Miracle”
Businesses and people are flocking to Texas – and it’s not by mistake! We have aggressively implemented free-market, taxpayer-friendly policies that have created an environment where businesses can thrive, resulting in more quality, high-paying jobs for Texans. We must work collectively to protect the policies that have made Texas an economic powerhouse, while advancing smart reforms that lower taxes, ensure regulations are fair and predictable and crack down on abusive, frivolous lawsuits. And we must remain ever vigilant to stop legislation that threatens to stifle innovation and investment and that has proven in other states, to kill jobs and stall economies.
Supporting Texas Teachers
Teaching should be one of the most honored, esteemed professions in the entire state. Retired teachers should be glad they taught. Active teachers should be glad they are teaching. And future, aspiring teachers should be eager to join the ranks of Texas educators at all levels. To ensure that, we must continue to invest in education, ensuring your taxpayer dollars are getting to the classroom – where they do the most good. And we should keep advancing sound policies that strengthen our system of education, not just for the teachers, but for the students they are called to serve.
Improving Access to Quality Healthcare
While healthcare and prescription drug costs continue to skyrocket, we must work collaboratively to deliver market-based solutions that drive down the cost of healthcare and promote and protect the patient-doctor relationship. This includes, among other things, partnering with our healthcare providers and institutions, promoting telemedicine and other innovative healthcare options, cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse, and working with our counterparts at the federal level to unleash the power of the free-market, encouraging competition and choice in an effort to meet the needs and drive down costs for all Texans.