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Education: 

We must consider spending more per pupil to ensure our children are getting the proper training and education to perform effectively in a global workforce. This includes vocational, technical and apprenticeship training. Currently, Texas is ranked 49th in the country in per pupil spending.

Affordable Care Act:

My goal is to create an atmosphere of inclusion that will consist of elected officials, civic leaders, insurance companies and physicians. Making healthcare affordable and accessible to all Texans is a top priority. This will take significant effort from both sides of the isles. Together, we can and will create legislation that we can all live with, while making Texans healthy again.  

Currently, Texas is 2nd to last in prevention out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, furthermore, we are last in access and affordability. Delaying medical treatments due to cost will not make a bad situation get better. A sick Texan should not have to choose food, electric or water bill over medical care.

Employment:

The unemployment rate in Texas is higher than the national average. It is imperative that we educate and train our children on the importance of developing a vocation, skill or trade that can immediately transfer over to income or possible business opportunities.

Sanctuary City Bill (SB4):

This is a public safety concern. I support law enforcement in their effort to locate criminals and improve public safety, however, we must be cognizant not to violate citizen’s civil rights in the process. 

Public Safety:

Texas is a state with approximately 28 million people and growing. It is imperative that we look at ways to adequately and effectively increase our Texas Army National Guard membership to better protect our citizens in times of crisis or natural disasters.

 

Economy

 

 

 

Dallas Morning News 2016

"As the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has put it: "Low energy prices hurt the Texas economy." And they will continue to do so even if they have bottomed out. Economists have, to be fair, the strangest way of phrasing things sometimes and the Dallas Fed is no exception. Its summation for economic growth in Texas in 2016? "Slightly strong." Otherwise known as fair."


Texas ranked last nationally for health care access and affordability

 

(US News 2016)

Texas’ overall health care performance improved slightly, but the Lone Star State was ranked dead last among all states nationwide for health access and affordability and second worst for prevention and treatment in a nonprofit health research group’s assessment released late Tuesday.
Perhaps most alarming, the rankings indicate Texas has slipped when it comes to childhood vaccinations. Only 64 percent of all Texas children between 19 and 35 months old received all their recommended vaccinations last year, down from 72 percent in 2013, according to the data compiled by the Commonwealth Fund.


Texas falls to 43 in national education ranking

(US News Week 2016)

Texas fell to the bottom fifth of U.S. states in an annual report on education quality.
Texas is now ranked 43rd in the nation, falling from 39th last year in the annual “Quality Counts” report from national education publication Education Week.
Texas earned a grade of C- this year, while the nation overall earned a C.
Massachusetts ranked first in the country, earning a B+. Nevada ranked last, earning a D. No state earned an A or an F.
Texas performed below most states in two of the report’s three categories: school finance and students’ chance for success. In the third category – kindergarten through 12th grade achievement – Texas' performance was average.
In school finance, Texas ranked 45th in the nation, earning a D grade based on per pupil spending, state spending as a percent of taxable resources and other factors.


Texas economy scores well, but state ends up near bottom in U.S. News ranking

(Dallas Morning News 2017)

Texas is a lowly No. 45 in the nation in that opportunity ranking — which takes into account 11 factors such as income, gender and education inequality — and is No. 41 in education. But the part of the ranking that should get state and municipal politicians’ attention is how Texas fares in the infrastructure category — at the bottom of the heap at No. 49.


The Integrity of the Criminal Justice System

(Texas Department of Public Safety 2016)

1. There are concerns that Texas has been too free in its imposition of the death penalty and too unquestioning of the evidence that leads to the imposition of criminal punishments. Texas is the home of more verified wrongful convictions than any other state.


Transportation Funding

(Texas Infrastructure Now 2017)

Even with this combination of resources, it’s hard to keep up with the demands of a growing Texas. Beginning in 2014, the Legislature made a commitment to prioritize transportation funding. If funding falls short, or a funding source is threatened, our needs won’t be met and the Legislature’s promise won’t be kept. After voters overwhelmingly approved additional transportation funding through Proposition 7, some members of the Texas Legislature are now considering diverting those funds away from transportation.


Insurer lost $230 million last quarter but says Texas market remains strong Updated 3:01 pm, Friday, August 4, 2017

Houston Chronicle Updated 3:01 pm, Friday, August 4, 2017

Molina Healthcare, one of three health insurers expected to remain on the Affordable Care Act's exchange in Houston next year, announced a $230 million loss in its second quarter.

Molina Healthcare this week announced a $230 million loss in its second quarter and said it would stop offering plans on Affordable Care Act exchanges in Utah and Wisconsin. It's also looking at participation levels in other states.

 

But Texas, apparently, remains a bright spot for the California-based company. It's one of three health insurers expected to remain on the exchange in Houston next year.

"There's no doubt performance in Texas has been very nice," interim CEO Joseph White said during an earnings call this week to analysts. "Performance in some of the smaller states, Michigan and New Mexico, has been nice. California has been OK. Florida, though, has not been a good market for us. We're going to have to look closely at it."

 

White also said participation in Washington state will be reduced.


Dynegy reports nearly $300 million loss for second quarter

By Ryan Maye Handy, Houston Chronicle 
Updated 7:00 am, Friday, August 4, 2017
 

Houston-based power company Dynegy said it lost nearly $300 million in the second quarter as it  rote off the value of Midwestern coal-fired power plants. 

The loss was narrower than a year ago, when the company reported losing $803 million during the second quarter of 2016. 


President fires top commander of DC National Guard

he commander of the District of Columbia National Guard is going to be out of a job just as President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office.

A memo announcing the removal of Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz obtained byThe Washington Post says the 65-year-old general will be out of a job at 12:01 p.m. on January 20. Schwartz confirmed the memo to The Post and said that he would retire at that time but that he did not know the reason for his dismissal.


Analysis: Texas Schools, by the Numbers

You can peek at the state’s near future in the latest numbers from the Texas Education Agency: 51.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent Anglo, 12.7 percent African-American, 3.7 percent Asian.


The Texas Association of Business (TAB) has formally come out against discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation, including so-called “bathroom bills.”

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) has formally come out against discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation, including so-called “bathroom bills.”

The board of the state’s 4,300-member chamber of commerce overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday opposing “legislation that is seen as discriminatory and would impact workforce recruitment and/or cause a negative economic impact on the state,” according to TAB’s president, Chris Wallace.


White House weighs plan to privatize Afghan war

The White House is actively considering a bold plan to turn over a big chunk of the U.S. war in Afghanistan to private contractors in an effort to turn the tide in a stalemated war, according to the former head of a security firm pushing the project.

Under the proposal, 5,500 private contractors, primarily former Special Operations troops, would advise Afghan combat forces. The plan also includes a 90-plane private air force that would provide air support in the nearly 16-year-old war against Taliban insurgents, Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater security firm, told USA TODAY.


North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say

The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal. The U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller.


Education

Texas school districts are hoping to gain greater flexibility for the start date of the school year. Here, students attend the first day of school at Willis Lane Elementary on Aug. 25, 2014. Bob Booth Special to the Star-Telegram

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com


Veterans’ health-care gap creates ‘greater risk’ for opioid abuse

The information about the veteran is scant, clinical in tone, yet disturbing.

“At the time of his death, the patient was a male in his forties with a past medical history significant for PTSD, chronic low back pain, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, and depression,” the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported.


Stay, Hide or Leave? Hard Choices for Immigrants in the Heartland

HAMPTON, Iowa — It was quitting time. Edith Rivera took one last lunch order, dropped off a basket of tortilla chips and set off from work, heading out to the farm roads where other immigrants feared to drive.

Like them, Ms. Rivera, 33, had no legal status in the country where she had lived for 18 years. She had no driver’s license, apart from the long-expired North Carolina identification she held safe, like a talisman, in her wallet.


On Environment and Energy, Trump Often Picks His Own Facts

President Trump held a rally Thursday night with some of his favorite people: West Virginians. As he often does, he praised coal and coal miners, and claimed credit for a turnaround in the industry.

“We are putting our coal miners back to work,” Mr. Trump said. “We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. We’ve stopped the E.P.A. intrusion.”

But many of the things Mr. Trump says about coal, climate change and the environment bear a strained relationship with the truth. He often cherry-picks facts that prove to be exaggerations when the broader context is considered. He has made inaccurate assertions many times; he is more likely to repeat than to retract.


Health care

© Al Drago for The New York Times

President Trump in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday. He has threatened repeatedly to cut off health care subsidies as a way of getting Democrats to negotiate on the Affordable Care Act.



These GOP lawmakers voted against Harvey aid, debt limit extension

The House approved the legislation 316-90, in a vote that authorized $15.3 billion in aid for those affected by Harvey, raised the debt ceiling, and extended government funding for three months into December. But a handful of those "no" votes came from members of the Texas delegation, and from members of the Florida delegation who will soon likely have to grapple with the need for funding for Hurricane Irma. No Democrats in the House voted against the legislation. The Senate approved the legislation in an 80-17 vote on Thursday.


Equifax sued over massive hack in multibillion-dollar lawsuit

Equifax first discovered the vulnerability in late July, though it chose not to publicly announced it until more than a month later. The company was widely criticized for its customer service approach in the aftermath of the hack, as users struggled to understand if their information had been affected. Others expressed frustration that three senior executives sold about $1.7 million in stock in the days following the discovery of the hack. A spokeswoman for Equifax said the men “had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time.”

"Not only should these executives go to a federal prison, also they should never have the opportunity to serve in a position of trust". Byron Bradford


Trump is dismantling Obama’s executive action legacy

We're going to be unsigning a lot of executive orders, especially his order that basically lets anybody they want just pour into our country," Trump told a crowd during a campaign rally in Virginia in 2015. 

"This is a feeble attempt to erase Barack Obama's legacy. What the current POTUS has done is awaken the American public how important it is to vote". Byron A. Bradford 

 



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