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CANDIDATE PLATFORM

PROPERTY TAX

Texas is currently the 4th highest state in terms of property tax and it’s only getting worse. Our current tax code is very complicated and varies from one county and city to the next. Most of the property tax you pay goes to the public schools which is supposed to be paid for by the state, per our state constitution. 

 

SALES TAX

Start with repealing the optional 2% county/city level sales tax.   

 

TOBACCO TAX

Repeal the tobacco tax. The state cannot account for over half of the monies collected as it is. 

 

USED VEHICLE TAX

Tax should not be collected on used items. Collecting tax on a product over and over is an abomination that must be eliminated at all cost. 

 

PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding what they do with and on their property, so long as it does not interfere with others, damage others property, or cause any injury.

 

FREE SPEECH ZONES

“Free Speech Zones” are a direct violation of our right to speak freely and that no government can regulate or restrict it as secured in the First Amendment to the Constitution for the United States. 

 

CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS

Repeal all ‘laws’ that violate the United States and/or the State Constitutions. 

“...that a law repugnant to the Constitution is void; and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument.” - Marbury v. Madison (1803)

 

RIGHTS TO PROTECT OURSELVES 

Repeal all laws at every level of government restricting, registering, licensing or monitoring the ownership, possession, manufacture, or transfer of any firearm, accessories to a firearm, and all ammunition. ALL gun laws made by government are a direct violation of the Constitution. 

 

GUN FREE ZONES

Eliminate all gun free zones on government and public property.

 

WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE

End all Warrantless Surveillance. 

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” - 4th Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America

 

DNA

Require a warrant for the gathering or collecting of any organ, blood, skin, breath, hair, saliva, or other fluid or secretement from any person. The fourth amendment to the US  constitution protects you and everything inside you. 

 

TOLL ROADS

We pay taxes that go to the road service through our fuel tax, vehicle registration tax, sales tax on vehicle purchases, etc. The Department of Transportation has enough funds to repave every mile of road and still have money left over. There is no need for the toll road fee/tax. 

 

ACCOUNTABILITY OF DFPS

Keep Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) accountable. They are currently free to violate the laws with no consequences.  Their courts can, and do, supersede our state courts.

 

END LEGALIZED KIDNAPPING

Stop the acceptance of Federal kickbacks for adopting out children after removing them from their biological homes. The federal government gives DFPS up to $8000 for each child they take and place into foster care. 

 

VICTIMLESS CRIMES

If there is no injured person and/or no damaged/stolen property, then there is no crime. We have laws on the books now that restrict the time of day you can have a campfire. Things are out of control. We need to bring it back to basics. 

 

GOVERNMENT PENSIONS

Eliminate all pensions for elected officials at all levels of government from local jurisdiction all the way up. Elected positions are voluntary duties not careers. End career politicians.

 

MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES

End all mandatory minimum sentences. Each case needs to be addressed separately.

 

BODY CAMERAS

Require all police officers, and other forms of law enforcement, to wear a body cam while on duty. And keep it so that officers themselves have neither the access nor ability to delete, turn off, or otherwise corrupt said cameras.

This is not only for public safety but for the officers' safety as well; and for real truth and transparency in our executive system.

 

Property Tax Reform

Change the tax from being based off of "value" and base it off of purchase price, like everything else you buy. The state will get a 1 time tax of the 6.25% to the state and the up to 2% for city/county for a max of 8.25% at the time of purchase. This way when you pay off your house it's actually yours. 

 

Sales Tax Reform

Amend the laws to only being able to tax on the first time an item is purchased. No recurring tax on purchase of used vehicles or any other used item. The state gets their tax one time. 

Also repeal rental tax. The state gets their share when an item is purchased and that's it. So if you rent a car you don’t pay another tax on top of the tax the rental company paid to purchase the vehicle. 

 

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