Progressive Texas Values
Stronger Public Schools
Our public schools are pillars of our communities and economy. I know from my own experience in our public schools how hard parents and teachers work to ensure their children receive the best education possible.
Invest in Texas
Over 80 years ago, legendary Texas progressives like Sam Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson helped lead the nation in building our modern infrastructure: our electricity grid, our highways, our Farm-to-Market roads, our dams and lakes, and our hiking trails and green spaces. Today, our politicians are failing to invest in our future, let alone maintain the infrastructure we inherited. They failed to weatherize and upgrade our electricity grid despite years of warnings. They can’t seem to get affordable broadband access to rural and urban Texans like Sam & Lyndon did with electricity. Permanent tollways are now the norm. Investing for our future isn’t a partisan game. Not only is this infrastructure good for our economy and environment, but it’s also how we build stronger, healthier communities.
Expand Medicaid & Healthcare
Every Texan has a right to healthcare. Yet Texas is last place in healthcare coverage, and Dallas has the 2nd highest uninsured rate of any large city. During a global pandemic, five million Texans don’t have healthcare. Unfortunately, politicians in Austin would rather play political games than simply expand Medicaid, a move that is 95% funded by the federal government and would provide healthcare to over a million more Texans — a big first step toward making sure every Texan has healthcare. Depriving millions of Texans healthcare we already pay for or restricting reproductive rights just to play political games is the definition of putting politics over people, and it’s time for it to end.
Stronger, Healthier Communities
The infrastructure needed to build strong communities goes beyond just the physical — it also includes social and economic infrastructure.
Empower Texas Workers & Economic Justice: We live in a country where wages have been held flat for 50 years! Meanwhile, rent is up over 700%, healthcare costs are up over 500%, higher education costs are up nearly 200%, and childcare costs have nearly doubled. These trends wreak havoc on Texas households. If wages had kept growing like they used to, the average person would earn DOUBLE what they do today.
Strong unions built our middle class the first time, and we’ll need strong unions to rebuild our middle class again. Yet labor issues are rarely at the forefront of political campaigns. Unions don’t just raise wages for their members, they raise wages for all workers and can help reduce our historic inequality. Overhauling our labor laws in Texas is crucial, which means raising the minimum wage to $15, fighting anti-union “right to work (for less)” laws and restoring collective bargaining rights to ALL unions. A strong workforce means a strong Texas.
Mass Incarceration: If Texas were its own country (again), we would have the highest incarceration rate in the world. Despite crime rates peaking in 1992 and then falling dramatically, prison populations nearly doubled after that. Mass incarceration is an unconscionable trend that has decimated families and communities, with Black and Brown communities hit hardest. Not only is this a moral issue, but it’s an economic one as well. Former inmates face employment stigmas that can jeopardize their job opportunities for a lifetime. These limitations punish them, their families & their communities long after their debt to society is paid. We should be empowering all Texans to make the most of their lives. Texas must take a stand and lead the nation in ending policies and practices that force every inmate to serve a life sentence.
Voting Rights — “Top 10 in 10!”: Texas is the hardest state to vote in, which is why we’re usually dead last in voter turnout or just near it. This is a crisis. Instead of politicians in Austin trying to make it even harder to vote, we should be making it easier for Texans to participate in our democracy. That’s why we’ve introduced the Texas “Top 10 in 10!” campaign: lets take Texas into the top 10 of voting states in the next 10 years. We can do it with automatic voter registration, universal/”no excuse” vote by mail, removing barriers to vote for Texans with disabilities or mobility needs, expanding youth outreach and independent redistricting commissions.
Y’all Means All: Texas is one of the most diverse states in one of the most diverse countries in the world. Dallas is the #4 most diverse city in the U.S. For centuries, all different walks of life have been drawn to the allure & opportunity of Texas. “G.T.T.” or Gone To Texas, has been a guiding motto for centuries of aspirant Texans. In order to keep this great tradition of Texas opportunity alive, we must update our anti-discrimination laws to protect ALL Texans. Whether LGBTQIA+, Latino, Asian, Muslim, or any race, creed, or religion, we should be empowering all Texans to make the most of their lives.
“Any jackass can kick down a barn. But it takes a good carpenter to build one.”Sam Rayburn, Progressive Texas Democrat, New Deal Architect, Longest Serving Speaker of the House in History
“We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.”Lyndon B. Johnson, Progressive Texas Democrat, 36th President of The United States