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2017 Legislative Priority Survey
I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!
1) What area of the Texas budget needs to be prioritized the most next session?
Transportation (including water infrastructure)
Public Safety (including border security)
Public & Higher Education
Health & Human Services
Outstanding liabilities (e.g. pension funds, facilities, etc.)
2) In your opinion, what are the
best ways to promote your 2nd Amendment right? Please select only
Pass Constitutional Carry
Eliminate the state fee for issuing a handgun license
Identify as many erroneous "gun-free" zones and remove them
End use of state resources to enforce federal gun laws that are more restrictive than state gun laws
3) What types of reforms to the local property tax system would you support? Please select all that apply.
Election of the Chief Appraiser and Appraisal Review Board members
Removing the petition process to initiate a rollback election for cities and counties
Lowering the rollback rate from 8%
Lowering appraisal caps
Limiting the use of bonds by political subdivisions
4) What do you believe are the
most effective ways to impact illegal immigration in Texas? Please select only
Prohibiting "sanctuary city" policies
Ending illegal immigrants access to higher ed state grant monies and in-state tuition rates
Increase spending on state border security measures
Passing an interstate compact with other border states
5) Do you support the practice of cities, counties, and other political subdivisions of the state using taxpayer dollars to hire lobbyists?
6) What do you believe is the best way to improve our public schools?
More per-pupil funding
Expanded choice (e.g. charter schools, vouchers, etc.)
Smaller classroom sizes
7) What do you believe are the
most important pro-life bills for the Texas Legislature to pass next session? Please select only
Ban research on the remains of an unborn baby
Removing mandatory health insurance coverage of elective abortions
Ban dismemberment abortions
End "wrongful birth" lawsuits
8) Should Texas and its subdivisions continue to provide large businesses with tax abatements and taxpayer dollars to move or build new facilities within the state?
9) What should the Texas Legislature do with the funds amassed in the "Rainy Day Fund?”
Nothing; use only in times of financial calamity and/or natural disaster relief
Use a portion or all of it on one-time expenses (e.g. shoring up state pensions, repairing state facilities, etc.)
Use a portion or all of it on recurring expenses (e.g. public school funding, transportation funding, etc.)
10) Does the state require you to obtain a license to legally practice your profession?
10a) If yes to Question 10, what profession is it?
10b) If you answered yes to Question 10, do you feel that the licensure requirement should be done away with?
11) Do you currently look to your local newspaper or other local publications for notices on public hearings of your local governments?
12) How much flexibility should a local government have for the use of voter-approved bond monies?
Absolute flexibility, including for projects outside the scope of the voted-approved proposition
Some flexibility so long as the projects are within the "spirit" of the voter-approved proposition
No flexibility; a local government must adhere to the stated purpose of the bond as described in the voter-approved proposition
13) What are your top
priorities for transportation? Please select only
No new toll roads; eliminate existing toll roads over time
End conversion of existing "free" lanes into tolled lanes
Push back against federal rail projects
Ensure fairness and proper compensation in the eminent domain process
14) In your opinion, what are the
biggest threats to private property rights across Texas? Please select only
Local government overreach
Federal land management
15) In a few words, what is your single highest priority for the Texas Legislature to tackle next session?
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