Laura Irvin - Democrat
Thank you for visiting our campaign’s website. Our district wants the Texas State Legislature to properly finance public education, expand medical insurance for all Texans, ensure the safety of our children, and to make college education affordable to the middle class. I decided to run for office to represent these views.
A few months after I was born in Wichita Falls, my father, who worked for Texaco was transferred to New Orleans. My parents decided to return to Texas in order for their children to obtain a quality public education. When I was in first grade, we moved to Dallas and my brother and I started our schooling as Richardson ISD Lake Highlands Wildcats. Several decades later, my children joined the RISD JJ Pearce cluster because I, like my parents, wanted an excellent public school education for my children.
Texas is letting down our school children and future Texas businesses. The legislature still has not completely restored the cuts from 2011, much less kept up with inflation or the increase in school enrollment. Texas is ranked 44th among US states in spending on education. Rather than funding our schools, the current administration would rather pay attorneys to appeal State District Judge Dietz’ decision. His decision concurred with hundred of school districts (including Richardson, Dallas and Garland ISDs) that funding for our schools is “inadequate, inequitable and unconstitutional”. The underfunding not only harms our children, but also hurts Texas businesses that rely on educated employees. As a representative of HD 102, I will work to right this.
I agree with the conservative Dallas Citizens Council (“DCC”) that Texas needs to expand Medicaid. The DCC states, “A vital city is a healthy city”. A family of four who earns less than $23,850 can’t afford insurance and doesn’t qualify for Medicaid. The working poor in Dallas County have Parkland as their only resource for healthcare. Texas is the only state in the union that has more than 20% of its citizens uninsured. Hospital administrators agree Medicaid expansion is necessary. We are judged by how we treat the elderly, the young and the disadvantaged. Texas is doing poorly in all of these areas.
We can do better.
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