|Job description||There are 150 representatives in the state House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Texas state legislature. Term is two years.|
|Duties||Writes and votes on state laws.
Proposes state constitutional amendments that are voted on by statewide ballot.
Votes to uphold or overturn a Governor’s veto.
All bills to increase taxes, appropriate funds, or raise revenue must start in the House.
The House can bring impeachment charges against statewide office holders (charges are tried in the Senate).
|Annual salary||$7,200/yr; $190/day when legislature in session|
|Matt Krause (incumbent)|
Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.
What is your current occupation? Educational background?
Nancy Bean: Counselor for Special Needs Students with Arlington ISD.
Master of Arts in Counseling, West Texas A&M, Canyon, TX
Master of Divinity with emphasis in Pastoral Care, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations with majors in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, and Sociology
What experience makes you the best-qualified candidate for this office?
Nancy Bean: I have devoted my life to fighting for justice for my neighbor: as an educator and as a community organizer through organizations such as Faith in Texas, Friends of Justice (for which I am a founding board member), Amnesty International, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Mobilization for Survival, and local congregations. And I have the scars to prove it.
What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals? What percentage comes from PACs?
Nancy Bean: To date I have received a single donation of $3400 from a local Democratic Club PAC. The remainder is from individuals. Currently this makes approximately 25% from that PAC and 75% from individuals. I expect the percentage of PAC to individuals to remain about the same or become lower in the coming months.
If elected, what would be the first piece of legislation you would propose?
Nancy Bean: I will sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to accept Federal monies for the expansion of Medicaid. Other legislation I will immediately sponsor or co-sponsor include equitable funding of public education and increase of minimum wages.
SB4, the sanctuary cities bill that targets our immigrant communities, is the law in Texas but is currently in the courts. If elected, how would you deal with this complex issue?
Nancy Bean: I will join with other legislators of good faith to overturn the bills that target our immigrant communities and introduce legislation that creates safe spaces for immigrants such as schools, WIC offices, medical establishments, etc.
Over half of the average property tax bill goes towards funding our public schools, which are already suffering from a lack of funding. How do you approach property tax relief vs. public education needs?
Nancy Bean: Rising property taxes are directly related to the legislature’s refusal to fund public education in the state budget. I will work to make full and equitable funding of education a priority in the legislature. Equitable funding would fund districts with fewer resources and higher needs at a higher rate and those with high property values and rich resources at a lower rate. I will also work to introduce progressive property taxation rates so that low and middle income property owners are protected from high rates. And finally I would attempt to discourage the unnecessary and ineffective use of tax abatements for luring industry.
In recent years, scores of women’s health clinics have been closed throughout the state, resulting in millions of Texans lacking access to health care and a shamefully high maternal mortality rate. How would you address the problem of access to healthcare that now confronts Texans, especially women?
Nancy Bean: Healthcare access is most effectively and efficiently addressed in a universal system–where ALL Texans were covered in a single-payer plan. Expanding Medicaid would immediately put many of the floundering rural hospitals and clinics back in business and would eventually reopen many already closed due to funding. The targeting of women’s healthcare requires an overhaul of the legislature in order to reverse the ideological trend back towards a patriarchal misogyny. Removing the profit motive from illness combined with changing the legislative balance with more women, will allow Texas to provide increased access, especially to women. Medical decisions should be made by Texans and their physicians and NOT by politicians and CEOs.
Should Texas participate in the Medicaid expansion system and why?
Nancy Bean: Texas should participate in any expansion of Medicaid and that will be my first legislative priority. This would immediately provide more than a million Texans with health care in a state with over five million uninsured. However, my ultimate goal in Health Care Expansion is a universal, single-payer system accomplished most efficiently by expanding and improving Medicare as a universal health plan with infrastructure already intact and already operating at the low 3% overhead price.