Issues that Affect Texans Are Not Being Addressed by Current Representatives

  • House Lawmakers failed to protect Texas families from harmful juvenile curfews.
  • The legislative session also hurt rural communities, while the representatives stated the session promising to help them.
  • We need to stand together and address the needs that are affecting millions of Texans.

While the 86th Legislative session was praised as the best session, and representatives all across the House called it very successful, some things were bypassed that the people of Texas have asked for or need desperately. The Governor has failed to address these issues in the state. People are now being turned towards the scandal within the house, a fight between both parties and all representatives.

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

House Lawmakers failed to protect Texas families from harmful juvenile curfews, while also failing to pass a needed bill to allow homeschooled student access to extracurricular activities. The legislative session also hurt rural communities, while the representatives stated the session promising to help them. Multiple bills were heard and passed by the House and Senate, in duplicate, which caused the members to use their time unwisely. Ultimately the governor vetoed these bills with the statement, “this is a duplicate bill.”

Let’s see what happened in reality:

  • All teachers did not receive a $4,000 raise.
  • School funding is only temporary, with no long term plan to fund in the future.
  • The house approved a bigger budget.
  • While this is at a federal level, not state, no one seems to be worried about the detainment centers and the kids separated from their parents, and the inhumane treatment of individuals within their state.
  • Multiple counties are worried about how they will fund much-needed resources in their county.
  • Multiple school districts are worried about the funding to come next session, to be able to fund the teacher raises applied this session.

The people of Texas are worried about another mass shooting happening in Texas and are wondering what their representatives and the governor are going to do to stop these kinds of attacks from happening.

The people are worried about the trust in the House, and if they can trust their representatives, especially with the house speaker Dennis Bonnen being involved in a scandal, involving another representative, Dustin Burrows and Empower Texas CEO, Michael Quinn Sullivan.

Due to its size and geologic features such as the Balcones Fault, Texas contains diverse landscapes common to both the U.S. Southern and Southwestern regions. Although Texas is popularly associated with the U.S. southwestern deserts, less than 10% of Texas’s land area is desert. Most of the population centers are in areas of former prairies, grasslands, forests, and the coastline. Traveling from east to west, one can observe terrain that ranges from coastal swamps and piney woods, to rolling plains and rugged hills, and finally the desert and mountains of the Big Bend.

After the next election, representatives will need to ensure the public is being listened to:

  • We will need to further plan an education fund that will allow the school districts to maintain the teachers, stop the high rate of teacher turnover, and give them much-needed resources.
  • We need to make sure Teachers and school districts know how to address special needs or mentally challenged children.
  • We need counselors to address the depression, the rage, the everyday issues that children face. We need equality in the school districts for minorities, special needs, and LGBT children.
  • We need to prevent violence in the school system, and we need to address bullying. These children are Texas’ future and we need to educate and protect them.
  • We need to address the rural districts, find a way to help farmers, and allow them the choice for solar panels and windmills, Farmers in rural districts are hurting and losing their farms due to drought and lost crops. You name it and it is affecting farmers.
  • We need to help rural districts to survive, by giving them much-needed resources and equal treatment with larger districts.

We together as Texans, as The People, the constituents, along with the representatives of the House, we need to stand together and address the needs that are affecting millions of Texans.

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Addison Perry-Franks

Addison Perry-Franks is a proud Texan and Scurry County resident, active in her community. She has built a thriving small business that has successfully delivered IT solutions to national retail chains since 2008. She came out as transgender in May 2018 and has been happily married to her wife, Lacey for 11 years.  They have five children. 

Addison is also running in 2020 for Texas House of Representatives, District 83.

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