I’m running to keep fighting for these critical issues.
All Texans should have the opportunity to pursue success and happiness, no matter their race, ethnicity, zip code, gender, or sexual orientation.
Bringing Affordable Healthcare to Texans
A few years ago, I had to skip an annual checkup because I didn’t have health insurance and couldn’t afford it. When I finally got health insurance and had that checkup, I found out I had cervical cancer. We shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving care and putting food on the table or paying our mortgage. Every Texas family deserves access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.
Expanding Medicaid would provide access to healthcare for more than one million Texans. Medicaid expansion would also allow us to use $10 billion of our federal tax dollars that we’re losing out on right now. We need to bring our federal tax money back to Texas. With that $10 billion, we can create healthcare jobs and save money since more Texans will be able to get preventative care and avoid expensive trips to the emergency room. Medicaid expansion ensures that hardworking Texans will have access to affordable healthcare.
In addition, I will work towards lowering prescription drug costs so Texans aren’t forced to choose between life-saving medicine and paying an electric bill. I’m proud to have brought Texans one step closer towards lowering their overall healthcare costs by voting for a new law that bans surprise medical billing by removing patients from the billing disputes between health plans and doctors.
Combating Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is an intolerable violation of human rights. It actively harms our most vulnerable. We need to create stricter laws that empower victims and punish traffickers.
Law enforcement must be able to identify victims of these crimes so that survivors can get the care they need. That’s why I joint-authored a bill that requires training curriculum on the signs of human trafficking for all Texas peace officers.
All victims deserve justice. That’s why I voted for a bill to tackle the state’s backlog of untested rape kits, which are collected by police through intense examinations of sexual assault victims. As part of these reforms, I filed and passed a bill that lets forensic analysts testify via videoconferencing in court so they can spend more time in the lab reducing the backlog. In addition, this bill also cuts down on taxpayer-funded travel to courthouses across the state.
Lowering Property Taxes
Working families and small businesses have seen their property taxes skyrocket in recent years. We can keep property taxes low by closing corporate loopholes that let big businesses and special interests off the hook. We need corporations to pay their fair share instead of putting that burden on the shoulders of working families.
I co-authored House Bill 3, which increased the amount of money that the state of Texas contributes to public education. It also gave significant property tax relief to hardworking Texas families struggling to keep up with tax increases.
As a longtime member of our community, I know that this issue is important and I’ll work tirelessly to address it responsibly and fairly.
When there was a proposal to raise sales taxes on Texans, I fought it tooth and nail, joining my colleagues in rejecting another tax increase. It would have been unacceptable for families in our community. I also voted to ban an income tax from being imposed on Texans and supported a bill to double the homestead exemption.