As quoted from the Dallas News Voter Guide
Your education shouldn’t be determined by where you’re born in our state or how much your parents’ property is worth-if they have any property at all. Regarding funding, our state is enjoying a healthy sales tax surplus and its revenues along with the Rainy Day fund should be considered for funding in the short term. In the long term, we have to get more Democrats in state government so that we can finally address the dysfunctional nature of our school funding formula.
At present, with one party leadership, we are at a political stalemate that shortchanges our children and Texas property owners. There are a variety of options on the table for this formula, from consolidating local authorities to centralizing and simplifying our property tax jurisdictions.
I also believe the Texas legislature should support the high speed rail proposed between Houston and Dallas which would ease damage to roads in the long term and ease the public burden for infrastructure costs during its construction. This proposed route would mean great things for Texas business which would also add revenue to our budget in the long term.
Criminal Justice Reform
It is completely unjust to jail people for being poor and it is fiscally irresponsible. The aims of any future reforms by our legislature should be focused on accountability for police, citizens, defendants, prisoners and the families of prisoners alike.
In addition, the state of Texas should form a commission to research the ways to eliminate the school to prison pipeline that often traps young men and women of color within the criminal justice system, creating an undue financial burden on taxpayers.
Texas has done a great job at making our state open for business but what about those who work at these businesses? When we grant tax abatements and land use deals, we need to know more about the standards for pay and benefits at the companies we have welcomed to our state.
The current Republican Representative, Matt Rinaldi, proved the true, racially motivated nature of the bill when he called ICE on protesters peacefully assembling to protest this racist and ineffective law.
Furthermore, the overreach from Austin that would punish police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to enforce these bans is another example of how Republican statewide leadership has attacked local control.