Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jeff Judson outlines his issues

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Proverbs 29:2

Jeff Judson, running against Joe Straus in HD-121, outlines his priorities should he win:

  • 8th generation Texan; family moved to San Antonio shortly after the Alamo.
  • UT-Austin alum -- Became conservative after realizing liberal professor was full of crap.
  • At TPPF for 8 years.
  • Big school choice supporter.
  • Defeated light rail in San Antonio multiple times.
  • Austin might be marginally better than D.C.: "but there's still a lot of room for improvement."
  • "I was very involved on the school choice front."
  • "We've been talking about school choice for 20 years."
    • In that time, 27 states have acted.
  • School choice hasn't even gotten a hearing in the House.
  • Too many "no-brainer" bills didn't move last session.
    • eg. American Laws for American Courts
  • We "don't have enough money" for roads, but we have plenty for "stupid transit projects."
  • Toll roads = "The most expensive way to build a road."
  • "If you pour more money into a broken system, you can break it even more."
  • Against taxpayer funded lobbying.
  • "Our municipal level governments are going crazy."
    • Annise Parker and the Houston 5.
    • San Antonio bathroom ordinance fight in '13.
    • Big government liberalism: "alive and well" in Texas' cities.
    • Budgeted at effective tax rate when he was on city council.
  • "I think the State Board [of Ed.] is an important check."
    • Still, school choice can solve a lot of the more controversial issues that come before the Board.
Bottom Line: Education is the most liberal policy area in the entire Texas legislature.  Getting more conservatives elected who are interested in it is CRUCIALLY important to structural change.  In addition to deposing Straus, Judson would bring an ESSENTIAL conservative voice to the Texas House's education discussions.

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