James on the Issue.

We need to extend growth to the whole community of House District 76 to bring broader prosperity to all of us and breakthrough inequality. Achieving this depends on a combination of property tax reform, accessible education, investment in healthcare, and fixing the grid.

Property Taxes

Education

Health

Energy

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Property Taxes

The issue facing residents in HD76 is the overbearing burden of high property taxes–especially for families just buying a starter home. I am committed to ensuring that property taxes are lowered to lift some financial stress off families. We must reform the outdated property appraisal system and overcomplicated tax code to set families and homeowners up for financial success. The other matter at hand is the appropriate spending of these tax dollars. Our property taxes keep increasing every year, but our streets are not being fixed, our schools are not being funded, and we do not see the return on investment! I will work hard to make sure that property tax revenue is appropriately allocated to public services that we require, such as schools, parks, city development, and infrastructure projects.

Education

I will fight to invest in early childhood education for our children’s future as it’s time we prioritized formal educational institutions. I’m also massively in favor of increasing pay for our teachers who dedicate their lives to educating our children. It’s high time we started valuing our educators who have sacrificed immensely and risked their own lives to teach our children during this pandemic. It’s also time to modernize our community college and public university system to make their functionality more cost-effective and restore state investment in public higher education to ensure students graduate debt-free.

Health

Over 29% of Texans remain uninsured during this pandemic. At the same time, other medical costs continue to cause financial stress on Texans. Too many Texans are caught in the coverage gap because they don’t make enough money for private insurance, but they make just enough money to be broke but not broke enough for the government to assist them. I want to expand Medicaid and Medicare to close the coverage gap to ensure we can make healthcare accessible to as many Texans as possible. But ultimately, this is going to be a team effort. I will commit to incentivizing regional collaborations with federally qualified health centers to improve investment in preventative care and public health. No Texan should go without access to healthcare, especially during a pandemic where we see surges in cases!

Energy

Over 210 Texans were killed due to the failure of leadership from the state government. Last year more than 4.5 million homes and businesses lost power during the freeze. My house was one of them. I know firsthand what it’s like to experience loss of heating and electricity at a time when it’s crucially needed. This cannot stand. I will work to support connecting the continental United States into one super grid using modern technology to allow power to be delivered more efficiently and reliably to eliminate widespread power outages. Texas is the number 1 source of wind-produced electricity in the United States, yet it doesn’t get the support or subsidies it deserves to create sustainable jobs and energy. I am dedicated to utilizing all forms of energy like oil & gas, wind, hydro, and solar to ensure no Texan loses power again. It is time to fix our grid to help protect the people from extreme weather conditions.