Pratt on Texas legislative priorities; five through seven summarized

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedThe Texas Legislature has convened.

Yesterday I listed what I believe should be the highest four priorities: Preserve liberty and property rights; local property tax reform handing voters more power; public school finance formula reform, and; robustly funding the Attorney General’s election integrity office.

Priority five is ending state programs such as CPRIT, the cancer research money grant board, which is little more than a government pass-through program which abuses its existence by using grant money control to force other institutions to adopt social policies its leaders favor.

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Sixth priority is to continue funding for enhanced police presence related to the border, drug and human smuggling, and the crime associated with such while also pushing DPS to end its relaxation of training and officer standards experienced during its massive hiring spree of the past few years. We are best served by “peace officers” acting with traditional DPS courtesy and professionalism and marked by good field judgment as opposed to “law enforcement” officers who focus on government shows of authority over the non-criminal element.

Seventh is a collection of regional and special interest areas of import from things such as hurricane damaged infrastructure repair; storm flood engineering, and; windstorm insurance solvency to a second state veterinary medical school; large new transportation projects, and; road, bridge, and other infrastructure rehabilitation needed due to heavy use by industry especially in the oil and gas field areas.

In coming days I will elaborate upon each of these areas in my morning update commentary and I ask those of you who agree with my priorities and points to ensure your region’s state representatives and senators are aware of such by sharing the points with them as well as with their various staff members.

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