During my freshmen session, I was proud to support a state budget that constrained growth to the rate of population plus the rate of inflation, which has long been the “gold standard” for conservative budget writers and economists. Even with this strict limit of the growth of the budget, we were able to fund state border security operations to historic levels and put new money into nontolled highway projects. As we approach the 2017 legislative session, I am committed to using the same measuring stick for our next budget. The state must live within its means while prioritizing core functions of government like public education, transportation, water infrastructure, and public safety.
Government does not create jobs, you do. As a former small business owner, I understand that fact clearly. Texans and the economy are best served not only when you can get a job but when you can create one for yourself. I will continue to focus on policies that root out crony capitalism and corporate welfare, promote free markets, and create a fair, balanced tax and regulatory climate.
Senate District 10 is blessed to be a diverse community. Our children deserve an education that can prepare them for any number of possible future endeavors, including college, the workforce, or entrepreneurship. Across Tarrant County, we have schools that are models for success while some fail to meet the academic outcomes we expect for our children. The state must continue to work to better, and if necessary, reform our system of public education. Most importantly, we must find a way to help reach students in failing schools by empowering parents who can best advocate for their child. I also stand proudly with home school families across Texas and will fight to preserve their rights at every turn.
Our federal government has fundamentally failed to fulfill its responsibility to secure the national border and oversee a sane, rational system of immigration into the United States. As Texans, our position is unique. With over 1,200 miles of border with Mexico, we must act to prevent not only illegal immigration but also the horrific crimes of drug and sex trafficking that occur daily. During my freshmen session we funded state border security operations to their highest levels ever, and we must continue to provide any and all necessary resources to law enforcement to make our communities more secure and to protect the lives of Texans.
Sanctity of Life
The defense of the unborn is very personal for me. My husband Phil and I are the proud parents of Tori and Faith, whom we adopted through the Gladney Center in Fort Worth. Before becoming your State Senator, I was an activist who proudly joined thousands of like-minded advocates for life down at the State Capitol to support good legislation. Now, I am privileged to defend the foundational right to life every day in my capacity as a legislator.
Second Amendment Right
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution could not be clearer: “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Unfortunately, we must be vigilant as this fundamental right is under constant assault. In the Texas Senate, I will continue to stand firm and fight against any attempt to curtail our 2nd Amendment right by the state or by the federal government. I will also actively oppose any attempt by the Legislature to grant themselves special 2nd Amendment rights before granting those same rights to law abiding Texans.
What separates great nations from others is the rule of law. I believe that public safety and the promotion of law and order is a cornerstone of a safe, democratic society. However, as conservatives, it is necessary to view all systems of government, even our criminal justice system, objectively. Government systems are inherently flawed and possess numerous inefficiencies, and when we are dealing with a government system that has the power to deprive citizens of liberty, property, and even life, we must be extremely cautious. I support smart reforms that protect our citizens, punish wrongdoers, and enable those who have paid for their crime an opportunity to rejoin society as a productive member.