Issues & Priorities
Manufacturing and Engineering Jobs
Bringing jobs back to our district is my top priority. We can do this by recruiting the booming industry of high-tech energy. Texas already leads the nation in wind energy product and in solar energy capability. High-tech energy industries provide thousands of jobs in cities like Abilene, Midland, and San Antonio. This industry will continue to grow in Texas. The only question is where in the state these jobs will be.
We have the skills to build wind turbines and solar panels, and we have the space needed to produce the energy right here in the heart of Texas. My plan will bring 1000s of good paying jobs all over the district - from Rockdale to Waco, from Caldwell to Pflugerville. My plan will revive our local economy and bring back good paying manufacturing, distribution, and engineering jobs.
Central Texas Agriculture
Beef cattle, corn, dairy, wheat, and much more, are the bedrock of our economy. Agriculture supports approximately 20% percent of the all employment in our district. And our largest trade partner for central Texas farm products is Mexico. Our nation exports $5 billion in corn, beef, dairy, and wheat to Mexico every year. This is why I agree with the more than 130 food and agriculture organizations that have cautioned against any tariffs placed on our biggest trade partner. Organizations such as the Texas Grain and Feed Association and the National Corn Growers Association have made it clear - a trade war with Mexico will hurt the American farmer.
I oppose any tariffs that make it more difficult for Texas farmers and ranchers to make a living. I believe in growing the Texas economy. Tariffs would move us in the wrong direction
Earning a Livable Wage
Worker productivity has more than doubled since the 1960s. However, wages have not kept up. Today, millions of Americans and thousands of Texans earn less than a livable wage. All of this while CEO salaries have increased more than 1000% in the past 30 years.
I believe no one should have to stay poor so someone else can get rich.
The fact is families cannot make it on $7.25. That is why I support the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 which would increase worker's pay.
But that is not enough. We must protect the rights of workers to bargain for wages. We must ensure all workers are paid according to their skills by fighting payroll fraud. The intentional misclassification of workers has undercut the take home pay of thousands of Texans working for an hourly wage. We must put a stop to this.