84rd Legislative session accomplishments
Tax relief - Fiscal Responsibility:
It is very simple - when on appropriations - spending went down. When on Ways and Means, tax breaks went up
- During the 83rd legislative session - authored legislation that became part of a comprehensive tax relief package providing an unprecedented $1billion in tax relief to Texas businesses in the forms of HB 500 and HB 800.
- NEVER VOTED FOR A TAX INCREASE PERIOD
- Was on appropriations when we had unprecedented cuts to the budget.
- Served as a watch-dog for your tax dollars diligently working as a member of the appropriations committee to consulate and eliminate waste.
Gov. Transparency and efficiency:
Voted to increase local control as well as local accountability -
- In 2009 - passed HB 1530 to reduce the cost of licensing for municipalities to spray for mosquitos.
- Sponsored SB 656 which requires municipalities to publish an easily-to-read cover page that clearly states any increases in spending and/or debt. You have repeatedly voted to keep the citizens informed and to protect their tax dollars.
- As Vice-Chair - furthered her efforts to make government more efficient by responsibly embracing technology in HB 2414 which allows government entities to save tax dollars that are frequently spent on traveling and video conference into meetings instead.
- Drug testing for Unemployment benefits was passed this session.
- Worked hard to improve and enhance public education in Texas.
- Encouraged local school districts to embrace technology when possible by passing HCR 104.
- Representative Button has worked to increase local control in our schools by passing legislation to reduce testing requirements and other state mandates while increasing flexibility to better meet the needs of our changing workforce. Moved number of test from 15 to 5.
- Voted to add technology courses to meet the requirements for Math and Science.
- Reduced expensive and ineffective testing.
- Voted to make TRS actuarially sound while giving retired teachers a raise.
- Voted to increase the number of Charter Schools as well as to increase accountability and transparency so Charter schools can be more closely monitored to reduce fraud.
Filed legislation to stop the revolving door of legislators-turned-lobbyists to ensure that your elected officials are working for you and not the highest bidder. She will continue to fight to bring integrity and honest to our system.
Second Amendment rights:
- Voted to protect the rights of individuals to keep their guns in their cars when parking at work (worked with the business community and constituents to get this passed.)
- Voted to allow guns on campus.
- Voted for SB 17 this session to create a training program on school safety and protection of students.
Medicaid - Rejected expansion and reduced fraud:
Supported HB 4 and HB 1025 to allow voters to vote on an initiative to move $2 billion from the economic stabilization fund. It is important to note that we have been told we only need 6 billion in this fund and too much more than that is simply hoarding the tax payers' dollars. We have to address water and we are in crises in this state when you consider how many people are moving here. Businesses across the country know Texas