Texas is growing.  Building and maintaining Texas highways and other public assets, including water resources, remains an absolute priority.

Jon Cocks, Candidate for TX-HD89

Priorities

Education & Property Tax Relief

Let me be blunt, Public Education must reduce its dependence on property taxes. As an ardent supporter of public education, I want to ensure that our schools have any and all resources they need to teach our future generations. I believe instead our education system relies on a two-thirds/one-third method. Two-thirds of the cost to educate a child is paid for by the state and one-third is paid for by local taxes. This tax revenue though should come from economic activity rather than property taxes. While economic activity is variable, people don’t stop spending during an economic downturn.

Economy

The Texas economy is doing great. In order to ensure it stays great, we must take the proper steps needed to make our workforce happy. Texas must become a state where workers can feel safe and like they have rights. The unfortunate truth is Texas is becoming more expensive and we must ensure that economic conditions for workers are being monitored as well.

Environmental Action

Like so many generations before us, Texas should use the growing threat of the climate crisis as an opportunity. This opportunity could be used to expand solar and wind power and make Texas the permanent leader in the nation and thus the world. By doing this, not only will we be providing high quality jobs for our residents, but we will be providing for the next generation and ensuring they can enjoy the same livable conditions that we do.

Healthcare

First, Texas must adopt expanded Medicare, which was provided for in the Affordable Healthcare Act. Texas is being shortsighted by not taking additional healthcare funding from the federal government to help our own. Next, instead of relying on primary care physicians, Texas must increase the supply of primary care nurse practitioners and physician assistants by increasing the availability of the required training programs at state universities. We also

Gun Safety Reform

While I support the second amendment, unfortunately many Texans no longer feel safe in their communities, schools or churches.  Arming more Texans does not make us safe. Nor does the increasingly easy access to guns and ammunition. There must be mandatory “cooling off” period between the time a gun is purchased and when possession occurs so a mandatory comprehensive background check can be completed.  We know assault-style weapons are not hunting weapons, nor are they necessary for one’s personal or family’s security. Assault-style weapons must be banned, and their resale prohibited.

Voting Rights

While Texas must continue its vigilance, we must also acknowledge election fraud is not a problem. Voting is a responsibility of citizenship, maintaining easy access to voting is a priority.  Easily accessible election centers in all communities is a must as is access to voter registration opportunities. Keeping electronic ballots secure and having a paper back-up so all votes are counted and can be verified is a priority.  Increasing emphasis on election cybersecurity and supporting local election administrators are also priorities.    

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