Healthcare

As costs continue to scream out of control, we need sensible solutions so that people can have access to quality healthcare. 

The current GOP majority of the 86th Legislature refused to pass a budget amendment to accept the Medicaid Expansion in Texas.  Even though Texans have already paid our taxes for this, we have left billions of dollars on the table that could be helping Texans improve access to healthcare.  We MUST fight for the expansion to help reduce cost and improve access.    

The cost of health insurance keeps rising, and we need to act now so we can make improvements for our state to bring down the cost of insurance and increase access to quality healthcare #4USALL

Public Schools

The 86th Texas Legislature has taken a great first step towards school finance reform, but we still have much work to do. ​ The first thing is to ensure that the gains we achieved in this session can be funded sustainably, and the next thing will be to go after revising the governance system that relies far too much on flawed standardized tests.

There are many areas that need attention but I would look to start closing corporate loopholes so that we can increase education budgets without raising our property taxes.  And we desperately need to revise the testing and evaluation systems.  We must also  address protections and benefits for our retired teachers and finally raise wages for all of our other school employees.  .  

If we make sensible, appropriate changes based on facts and data, we’ll be able to provide higher quality education to our children while reducing cost for ordinary taxpayers like you and me.

Criminal Justice Reform

From the police on the street to judges in the courtroom, to our overcrowded for-profit prisons…we can do better.  We need equality #4USALL 

The bail system must immediately be reformed, and we must also strengthen our communities and promote positive relationships with law enforcement through de-escalation training and community policing efforts

Gun Safety

Like most Americans, I support the 2nd Amendment, and I also believe it is time to enact more common-sense gun safety measures.  
Most folks will agree with strengthening our backgound check system and closing loopholes that allow some gun sales without background checks.  
We should also incentivize safe storage with tax-free safety devices and gun safes.  
Measures like these just make good sense, and will help us prevent lethal weapons from getting in the hands of folks who should not have them.

Infrastructure

We need some infrastructure work in our area, including pushing to get Hwy. 290 completed from 1960 to 610 and also improving our flood recovery and flood mitigation efforts. 

We should implement an incentive system for road construction on 290 similar to what Mayor Bill White used so effectively to accelerate the road renovations in our downtown area, rewarding early completion and encouraging coordinated contracting.

We need to push for both State and Federal funding to address flood concerns, and to improve our reservoirs and drainage systems. 

Clean Energy

We now have massive underutilization of commercial and industrial resources in Texas, due to the Oil & Gas Industry slowdown and contraction.  ​

We can promote clean energy industry and encourage commercial growth through incentives for clean energy and environment-friendly business in Texas. 

We’ve always been an energy leader here in Houston, why don’t we lead the way for new technology?  We have skilled workers, high-quality professionals, and terrific facilities ready for hire by strong industry so let’s promote ourselves as the innovative and productive force we have always been! 

Public Service

It’s high time we place higher value on our public servants and treat them with dignity and respect.  Those who we trust with our children (our future!) should be on top of that list for better treatment.  .  ​​

The police, EMS medics, Firefighters and other public servants also deserve better treatment and the ability to bargain collectively.  These are folks we must value, because they have devoted themselves to help the public, they work #4USALL   

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