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.
The recent efforts by the Texas House and certain urban municipalities to reduce first time low-level drug offenses to civil penalties are a step in the right direction. The goal for these offenders is to reduce recidivism and treat these individuals so that they may become productive members of our community by creating treatment programs, focusing on mental health and job training rather than significant incarceration.
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 expand their healthcare options. We must put politics aside and ensure that Texans are healthy, have access to the care they need, and can make the medical decisions that are best for them.
Let’s not forget who we are together; rather than simply concentrate on who we are trying to be individually. We need to invest in the people of our community through programs designed to educate, motivate and provide the skills necessary for everyday people to work and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
District 96 has been ignored when it comes to infrastructure and transportation needs. Public transportation, drivable and direct routes have become critical to a residents’ ability to get to and from their jobs and enjoy the diverse culture and activities that our area has to offer.
Despite repeated assurances to the contrary from some elected officials in Austin, average hard-working families are being priced out of their homes by ever increasing property taxes. Texas has some of the highest property taxes in the country. Homeownership, like education, is a hallmark of a thriving and healthy economy and community.
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