LIBRE’s Texas-Sized Reforms lays out important steps lawmakers can take to improve the lives of all Texans – including the Latino community in the Lone Star State.
These legislative priorities will provide a path towards recovery for the Lone Star State and make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. LIBRE activists across the state have plans to communicate to their lawmakers the need to enact principled policy solutions to the greatest challenges we face.
Economic Opportunity for All Texans
This year, LIBRE-TX will focus on policy reforms that unleash opportunity by removing barriers to economic mobility and growth, whether that be through reforms to spending and budgeting, taxes, red tape, or local government transparency.
This is important because far too many Latinos in Texas are without work and are facing financial insecurity. LIBRE activists will advocate for principled reforms that will help businesses recover, create jobs, and expand economic opportunity for all.
Fiscally Responsible Budgeting
Unsustainable government spending hurts economic opportunity for all Texans – including Texas Latinos. Lawmakers need to rein in wasteful spending and prioritize existing revenue rather than having hardworking families shoulder more of the burden in the form of an ever-increasing bill. LIBRE-TX will advocate for a maximum of a 5% increase over the 2020-2021 budget, with the expectation that growth of government should not outpace the ability of taxpayers to pay for it.
Local Government Transparency
Your hard-earned tax dollars should be used for the most needed services.
Unfortunately, many local governments across Texas are not held to those standards and oftentimes, hire third-party lobbyists to push for priorities that run counter to the best interests of all Texans. In recent years, these taxpayer funded lobbyists have pushed for higher taxes and bigger government, paid for out of your hard-earned paycheck. It’s time to end this dishonest practice that wastes your tax dollars. LIBRE-TX will urge lawmakers to end taxpayer funded lobbyists this legislative session.
Reducing the Tax Burden
Following LIBRE-TX’s successful advocacy of historic property tax reform during the 2019 legislative session, we are dedicated to ensuring the impact of this legislation is felt by all hardworking families. Unfortunately, some local governments used loopholes and exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to ignore these key reforms and increased tax collections on property taxes, rather than reducing them to match the new, lower standards set.
LIBRE-Texas will fight to clarify and close any potential loopholes so every Texas family can enjoy the benefits of much needed property tax relief.
Rolling Back Burdensome Red Tape
In response to COVID-19’s economic challenges, Texas’s leaders made a number of principled, temporary steps to rolling back red tape and promoting economic growth. This session, the legislature has the opportunity to permanently implement many of these important changes like fast-tracking and universally recognizing out-of-state occupational licenses.
Making it Easier for Businesses to Grow
Facing the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, many Texas businesses – including man Latino-owned businesses are struggling. We should eliminate barriers holding back job creators in our state.
For over a decade, the franchise tax has been holding businesses across the Lone Star State back. Today’s challenging environment is the perfect time for the legislature to take a hard look at the franchise tax and push for a full elimination—either one immediate cut or a gradual phase out over time.
Expanding Access to Quality Health Care
Latinos, like all Texans, have been hard hit because of COVID-19. This is why every Texan should have access to quality health care that works for their budget and fits their families’ needs. In this unprecedented public health crisis, innovations like telehealth services are flourishing because they provide both a safe and cost-effective option for patients.
During the upcoming legislative session, LIBRE-TX will push to expand telehealth options by removing barriers to these services. We will also oppose any “pricing parity” requirements that would arbitrarily charge patients the same price for a telehealth visit as an in-person visit, considering telehealth visits are generally more affordable for patients.
Another pivotal step the legislature should take to decrease the cost of health care and increase access for all Texans is empowering medical professionals, such as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), Transitional Registered Nurses (TRNs), and Physician Assistants (PAs) to deliver medical care to the fullest extent of their training and education. By eliminating requirements for these highly trained, highly skilled medical professionals to work under arbitrary physician delegation agreement contracts, more Texans will have greater access to quality health care at a more affordable price. These physician delegation agreements are holding our medical workers back when Texans need them most.