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Rep. Raymond with a letter sent to the Texas House Speaker during the 2005 walkout protest by Democratic House members.

MY AGENDA

My mission is to help promote the well-being and prosperity of all Texans. During my career of over 20 years of public service I have focused on quality health and education for Texans and have worked tirelessly to ensure a fair and equitable business environment that includes protections for our environment for the future of our children.

In my position on the State Affairs and the Agriculture Committees in this legislative session, am well positioned to continue this mission. I am encouraged by the recent statements by Republican leaders as I see much common ground.

SUSTAINABLE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

Every Texan deserves to have equal access to medical assistance. My past work on the Human Services Committee helped me to develop a strong understanding of the need as well as the ability that we have in this great state to provide for all of our people. I will be working to help Texas provide health care for all Texans through Medicaid. This can be done without undue hardship on taxpayers of this state and could, by default, decrease the cost of healthcare due to early detection and preventative healthcare.being and prosperity of all Texans.

Through my over 20 years of public service I have focused on quality health and education for Texans and have worked tirelessly to ensure a fair and equitable business environment that includes protections for our environment for the future of our children.

In my position on the State Affairs and the Agriculture Committees in this legislative session, am well positioned to continue this mission. I am encouraged by the recent statements by Republican leaders as I see much common ground.

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EDUCATION

I will be working across the aisle to help the Republicans meet their goal of adequate compensation for educators. A comprehensive plan must include increased salaries as well as increased benefits. It is important to include an understanding of the student population explosion that is taking place across Texas as well.

With the current growth rate, in Laredo alone, there is a need to add one new elementary school each year!

This compensation needs to take into consideration, the cost of living increase, the increase in demand and clear understanding of educational needs now and in the future.

Here's a link to the Texas Education Agency website, for more information and resources.

PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

Another area where I see great promise in bipartisanship is with property tax relief. Working together, we can help retired Texans be able to stay in their homes and young Texans to get be able to afford a home and stay in Texas.

FANTASY SPORTS

Perhaps controversial to some, fantasy sports is a harmless pastime that has mistakenly become vilified. To outlaw fantasy sports would be akin to outlawing the lottery. I will be working with leaders in the house to help Texas equalize its laws with laws that already exist in the federal government.

VOTING RIGHTS

Clean and fair elections are the keystone to a democracy. We have the ability to ensure that all who are eligible are able to vote and those that are not, don’t. I will continue to work with my colleagues ensuring the integrity of this system, working toward methods to make it easier to register to vote, helping people understand the process and making it fair for all.

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TRADE AND EXPORT

Texas is a great world trading partner and no where is that more obvious that Laredo!  We Laredians are proud of the success that we have made with this business and I will continue to work ensuring fair trade and borders that are open for business.

 

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CLEAN ENERGY

Texas is and has always been a leader in the energy industry.  As times change, so do our needs for energy.  Laredo is home to one of the largest solar energy farms in Texas.  Creating opportunities to apply and research the best and cleanest sources for energy and providing  safe methods of delivery is crucial to reduce global warming and provide for future generations.  To learn more about Texas and Energy, visit one of the links below.

Energy Information Administration

Environmental Defense Fund

PROTECTING CHILDREN

There is no crime more heinous than child abuse and neglect.

I will continue to work with my colleagues ensuring that we as a state, to everything that we can to stop this from happening to another child.  But, it takes a village.

Visit one of the links below to learn what you can do to help protect one of the most vulnerable groups in our society.

Department of Family & Protective Services

Abuse Hotline

GUN VIOLENCE AND SCHOOLS

Gun violence in schools has become all too common in our communities.  We must put measures in place to stop bullying, identify and help those with mental illness now, before another child dies.

I look forward to working with the legislators to come up with a solution that maintains a person’s right to own guns, but protects us form those that should not be armed.

 

 

Safe & Healthy Schools

Juvenile Justice