Public education, affordable college, and skills training are critical to empowering our young people to achieve and succeed. It is the responsibility of the State to partner with our local communities to make sure that education is a top priority. Attempting to shore up education through band-aid type measures cannot last. Students and teachers require permanent solutions to the facility and funding deficits that cripple our teachers and local schools. This includes fully-funded Pre-K programs and increased teacher pay.
Recent efforts by the Texas House and some municipalities to reduce first time low-level drug offenses to civil penalties are a step in the right direction. However, there is more work to be done in reforming our criminal justice system. We must break our reliance on unchecked and unregulated for-profit prisons and invest in early education, secondary education, work skills training programs, and mental health treatment to help break the cycle of incarceration of first-time and non-violent repeat offenders.
Healthcare is a basic human right, not a privilege afforded only to those who can afford it. Texas is home to one of the highest rates of maternal mortality, especially among women of color and those who are socio-economically disadvantaged. An estimated 4.3 million Texans are living without health insurance, in part due to the legislature's failure to expand Medicaid. We owe it to our citizens to improve their healthcare options, including access to mental health care and drug rehabilitation programs.
Joe Drago is a native Texan, born and raised right here in Southwest Fort Worth. He's a father, lawyer, and experienced leader. Joe comes from a family of hard-working public servants and knows what it takes to lead.
I will listen, work hard, and keep the best interests of hard-working Texans as my first priority if elected to the State Legislature.
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