We will soon know for sure who is running for various elected positions in Texas government. The filing deadline is rapidly approaching.
We should be considering what questions we will have for each candidate?
When we look at an incumbent, we should not react and vote based upon emotion, but facts.
It is rather easy for any opposing candidate to be critical of an incumbent, because the candidate does not have a history in that position and there has never been an elected official with a perfect record. So unless the incumbent has caused unforgivable major harm to the citizens of the state, they in my opinion have a slight edge over any opposition. We know what we currently have and the actions or inactions of any newly elected candidate is based upon promises, and I have seen a single candidate to stand behind all their promises once in office.
Looking forward, we need to consider the old and new challenges they will face and question them on how they will solve these problems.
I don’t want to hear what they have done, or what they have not done. I want to know their solutions for problems here in Texas.
Related to the most recent drought, we saw major power plans from overdeveloped cities desire to solve their water problems by stealing it from other parts of the state. These cities desired not only to protect their tax revenues, but also continue to allow development. On this subject, my question is what short and long-term project do they actively support to protect ranchers and farmers in the state? Because, it is obvious the major cities will have the votes to influence elected officials to allow them to steal water.
As the time rapidly approaches in which the federal government will pass a national healthcare bill, the expansion of Medicaid to cover more individuals will require the state to increase it revenues by 2-3 billion dollars. The state pays up front for Medicaid care and the federal government reimburses the state fifty cents on the dollar. As a candidate where will the state get these additional revenues?
I wonder what questions others may have for our state candidates.
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