If reducing the burden on homeowners and taxpayers is a genuine priority and more than just campaign rhetoric, Austin needs to act. From 2006 to 2015 debt per capita increased by 44%. This is an immediate problem to both our municipalities and our State. I support Governor Greg Abbott in enacting legislation that provides for stronger spending caps that limit government spending from increasing faster than the rate of population growth and inflation.
During my tenure as a Keller City Councilman, I successfully fought to reduce the tax rate each and every year, while also introducing the first increase to the Homestead Exemption in over 30 years. As a state legislator, I vow to take an active role in getting all the different taxing entities to the table and creating an ad-hoc committee within our district that will be tasked with discussing the different tax relief options available. Taxpayers need action now.
Education and School Finance
The best economic development tool Texas can offer is an educated workforce. To improve education we must empower the relationship between that of teacher, student, and parent. This means getting government out of the way and allowing our parents, teachers, and school administrators find solutions that best fit our children. Lastly, we should also encourage vocational training in our schools. Vocational training will improve our workforce all the while preventing thousands of jobs from being outsourced to other states or countries.
The “Robin Hood” redistribution system has created a snowball effect of higher property taxes and has caused school finance to become more convoluted than ever before. Texas needs school finance reform and a permanent fix to Robin Hood. Unfunded “Band-Aid” solutions such as the ones that have been offered before are not an answer to the problem. School finance reform will be a priority of my tenure as a state legislator.
I support a strong and secure border. Although legal immigration has and will always be a great source of strength and prosperity for America, illegal immigration weakens our body of law. I believe we fix our immigration system by enforcing law that is already on the books, securing our Texas border, enacting stronger penalties for businesses who hire illegally, and opposing amnesty in any form. Our lawmakers continue to talk tough on border security while failing to act on policies that provide for in-state tuition, sanctuary cities, and free healthcare and education. All of which drive and incentivize further illegal immigration.
I am pro-life. I believe life begins at conception. As a state legislator, I will support pro-life legislation that, among other things, protects and promotes the sanctity of life. I oppose the allocation of taxpayer dollars going towards organizations such as Planned Parenthood and oppose taxpayer dollars being used to fund research that destroys a baby as part of its process.
As a practicing attorney, I have had the privilege of representing military veterans and their families. Fighting on their behalf has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.We must honor our military veterans. Texas wouldn’t be the great state it is today without the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. It is time for Austin to do all it can to help our veterans, especially when it comes to suicide prevention. As state legislator I am committed to examining all the programs available to our veterans and determining where improvements can be made.
Family Values and Religious Liberty
Family values are the foundation for how our children grow, are taught, and supported. I believe our country was founded, in large part, by people seeking religious liberty. Today, our religious liberties are under attack as never before. Government should not interfere with religion and religious freedom, period.
2nd Amendment/Right to Bear Arms
I support the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. I am an NRA member and believe the right of citizens to defend themselves by bearing arms is a fundamental right that should be protected.