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Representative Richard Peña Raymond has proposed and is fighting for a bill that mandates the State of Texas to increase funding for our schools, which would also cut local school property taxes by $10 billion a year!

“I am working with Democrats and Republicans to pass my bill,” Rep. Raymond said, ”because the Legislature MUST cut local school property taxes for Laredo families — and all families of Texas.”

Increasing funding for schools!  Cutting school property taxes!  It’s a win-win for Texas!

In the past four years, Rep. Richard Peña Raymond has fought to bring nearly $5 Billion in State funding for the families of Laredo, the most ever in history!

As Chair of the Human Services Committee and a member of the powerful Ways & Means Committee, Richard has produced victory after victory for the families of Laredo:

  • Record funding for Laredo schools.
  • Record funding to protect our community and keep our families safe.
  • Record funding for health care and transportation infrastructure.

The record speaks for itself.

Vote Representative Richard Peña Raymond!

 

 

 

Leading up to the 85th Legislative Session it became apparent that the state foster care system and Child Protective Services program were having serious issues.

Child Protective Services (CPS) is the program that investigates reports of child abuse and neglect. If investigators find that a child is not safe, services are provided in the home to address these issues or the child is removed and placed into foster care with the eventual goal of the child being adopted.

The agency responsible for the CPS program, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), was having a hard time finding foster homes for many children forcing them to sleep in state office buildings instead of homes. Additionally, a lack of funding within the agency created a situation where low-paid caseworkers who investigate child abuse and help children find homes were leaving the agency to find less stressful and better paying jobs, causing remaining caseworkers to get behind in their investigations.

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