A broad-based efficient tax system promotes economic prosperity, job growth, and fiscal discipline. Reforms that lower taxes and empower individual responsibility can improve the lives of all Texans. To ensure greater prosperity, I promise to support:
Eliminating Onerous Property Taxes: Ensure that Texans can own their own home rather than pay rent to the state forever by eliminating burdensome property taxes—and then offsetting them with state revenue.
A good education is the lifeblood of the American Dream. For too long in Texas, perpetuating “the system” has been a higher priority than what’s best for our children. Texas parents and students deserve the freedom to make their own choices about how to get the best education possible. To ensure greater prosperity and the flourishing that comes from an excellent education, I promise to support:
School Finance Reform & Educational Opportunity: Set education free in Texas with three major reforms: (1) replace the state’s complex school finance scheme with a more transparent, child-centered system; (2) expand education choice in Texas, empowering parents—not a bureaucracy—to determine the best opportunities for their children; and (3) eliminate burdensome mandates that prohibit school leaders and teachers from innovating, thereby hampering student success.
Government should spend taxpayer money wisely, operate within its means, and foster prosperity by limiting spending growth. Responsible budgeting will make Texas stronger for generations to come by enhancing liberty and making our government more fiscally solvent. To ensure greater prosperity, I promise to support:
Adopting a Conservative Texas Budget for State and Local Governments : Both the Texas Legislature and local governments should enact a Conservative Texas Budget that limits spending increases to less than population growth plus inflation, which will sustain the economic prosperity in Texas that is tied to our state’s fiscal discipline.
Limited and accountable government is a key component to ensuring individual prosperity. Texans flourish when elected representatives work for the people’s interest and respect the rule of law. To ensure greater prosperity and increased transparency in government, I promise to support:
Ending Tax-Funded Lobbying & Government Collection of Union Dues: Ensure that taxpayers do not fund special interests in Austin by ending government funding of lobbyists—and the equally troublesome practice of government collecting union dues for public employees.
If we fail to restore civics education within society we shall lose the capacity for self-government on which life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ultimately depend. Protecting these critical principles requires an understanding of the history and the documents that provide the justification for our very existence as an independent nation. All universities should require of all their students to study the principled foundations of American democracy, beginning with the Founding documents—the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and The Federalist —as well as the other sources that both informed the Founding and reacted to it. To ensure our capacity for self-government, I promise to support:
Prioritizing American History/Civics Education for All Texans: The Texas Legislature should restore the true intent of existing law that requires, in universities and K-12 schools, the teaching of American history and government, not the weak substitute courses that have become commonplace; the Legislature should also focus on strengthening civics education in every Texas secondary school. Similarly, the State Board of Education and university regents should reform our history and civics curriculum to ensure students learn basic American history, government, economics, and Western civilization.
To achieve prosperity for all Texans, I promise to demand that government policies foster high-quality education, fair taxation, responsible spending, self-governance, and accountability.