"My family has taught me two important lessons: first, that with sufficient education, you can accomplish anything. And second, there's no use in complaining about anything if you're not willing to do something about it. We don't rehearse our problems. We stand up and figure out the solutions. It's time to start doing the work."
LIST OF ISSUES
Texas ranks in the bottom half of the United States in education. Young Texans leave our public schools less prepared than the greater majority of other states. According to Education Weekly, Texas spends less than 38 other states per student. We scored 42nd on the Chance-For-Success Index. These are not numbers to be proud of, but they are numbers that can and should be changed.
In addition to educating the future, vocational training is absolutely necessary to remain competitive in an advanced and globalizing market. American workers are being replaced by automation and cheap, off-shore labor, but new industries are rising to replace the old. As we move forward, it becomes essential that we have an educated workforce that is ready to take on those new tasks.
The current housing market is not accessible to the average Texan, and that will get worse before it gets better if we don't come together to legislate a solution. The American dream is owning a home to care for our families, which means that we need to make homes that are ownable by people rather than private investment groups. As housing continues to be bought up and controlled by big money, its accessibility will continue to decline.
As it stands, there are thousands of unhomed Texans who are currently sleeping in tents, under highways, and on the sidewalks. There have been some good efforts made to give those folks a hand up, but as long as there are human beings without a place to live, we will have work to do. Other countries and even American states have taken action to end homelessness, and have shown us exactly how to do it. All we need to do is apply the lessons they've learned.
America was founded on the basis of equal representation under the law, but voter suppression laws have been depressingly effective at ensuring that only certain people have access to that right. Improving voter turnout is the only way to ensure equitable representation.
Voting Day should be a recognized holiday, the law that caused 40% of mail-in ballot application to be rejected needs to be repealed, and online registration needs to be enacted. It's time for Texas to join the 21st century.
The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has already made huge leaps in ensuring equitable health care for a huge number of Americans. Unfortunately, Texas legislators have taken the stance that our state's occupants shouldn't receive the financial assistance already allotted to us by the Federal budget. By expanding Medicaid benefits as already funded by the ACA, we would reduce the number of uninsured Texans from one in six to one in sixteen.
Additionally, the legislature passed a law last year in an attempt to make women's healthcare inaccessible. We need to revoke the legalization of bounties on Texans who assist women with receiving a legal medical procedure. Medical decisions should be made only by doctors and the patients they affect.