Where Allison Stands
My top four priorities are:
- Publicly funded healthcare
- Publicly funded education
- Environmental protection
- Campaign finance reform
Read below for details into these, and the wide variety of things which are important to me.
The fact that the maternal mortality rate in Texas has been rising and is the highest among developed countries is not only alarming, but the fact that this was largely ignored by the State Senate during the 85th legislature is appalling - Texans deserve better.
Allison firmly believes in a woman's right to choose.
Also, she wants what many Texans want: less abortions. And the path to fewer abortions is through accessible women's healthcare, birth control, and screenings. The more available we make these family planning avenues, the fewer abortions we'll have. This is not an opinion, it's a fact. Also, not only will accessible healthcare and birth control reduce abortions, but it will save the state huge sums of money, allowing us to spend those funds on other important needs.
The way Texas has been treating its women over the past several years is sickening and the trend needs to be reversed immediately. There is no reason to provide so little support to Texan women, especially those in need.
Texas has an economy that is big and bold, just like its culture. But we still must actively cultivate our job market so that hard working Texans can get the jobs they need, and so that businesses can flourish.
This means having a competitive workforce emboldened by comprehensive education programs, government-funded two year and vocational degrees, reliable public transportation systems, and affordable property tax rates so that we can choose to live in the best city for our work. This also means giving businesses the support and the flexibility they need to be their best, and giving folks the ability to create jobs for themselves.
Hard work deserves fair pay.
Yet for many cities in Texas, including Dallas and Fort Worth, the minimum wage falls below the estimated cost of living by about $3 per hour. We must increase the minimum wage so that every employed person can support themselves.
Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege.
Until we as a country are ready to move towards a single-payer system, Texas needs to accept Medicaid expansions made available by the federal government. We must also support preventative medicine (as it is repeatedly proven to be cheaper than emergency medicine), paid maternity and paternity leave, and quality, affordable childcare services.
If we don't fight for the health and longevity of our home, what else is there? Texas already produces more wind energy than any other state – and if we can get the lobbyists out of government, we can offer good jobs and sustainable technologies which can support all Texans. I support state-funded retraining programs to help carbon-based energy production workers transition to cleaner, healthier, more sustainable energy employment. Texas is nothing but innovative - we can change the way we energize the world.
Campaign Finance Reform
Abraham Lincoln spoke of government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” He made no mention of corporate interests or dark money. Yet without campaign finance reform, our public institutions will continue to be held hostage, our so-called representatives bribed into office to serve the wealthiest donors. This cannot continue. We deserve free elections and fair legislation. With your help, we can move Texas towards public campaign and election financing, leveling the playing field for everyone.
Our current prison system is a moral blight upon our state. Our critically-underfunded public defense system sends huge numbers of people to prison, simply for the crime of lacking the means to fairly defend themselves. Moreover, our prison terms are often wildly inappropriate to the crime (too little for rape and “affluenza”, too much for drug offenses, nonviolent crimes, and poor or minority defendants). Private for-profit prisons keep prisoners in appallingly inhumane conditions, doing nothing to “rehabilitate” them and affording them no access to housing or employment upon their release – virtually guaranteeing that they will be reincarcerated, and that we will continue to pay for their loss of liberty with our tax dollars. This is an indefensible violation of the rights of our fellow Texans, and we absolutely must reform this broken system.
The 2016 election was the first time the Voting Rights Act was not fully enforced in Texas since its conception. Moreover, federal courts have recently ruled that the Republican-drawn gerrymandered districts are in direct violation of the VRA’s protection. Every eligible voter deserves an equal voice – but we must fight to ensure that their voice is heard.
Families & Children
As a scientist, I am committed to improving public education about the safety and importance of vaccines. Following recommended vaccination schedules keeps children and communities safe.
As a citizen, I believe we must reform the Texan foster care system, and I believe in any family structure that is founded on the love and trust of consenting adults, regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity.
As a woman, I am proud to be an advocate for gender equality, and a strong voice against harassment, discrimination, and domestic violence.
I grew up in the Texas public school system, and benefited immensely from it – but we can do better. We need to keep moving forward, to protect state-funded public education, as our Constitution intends. The push for "school choice" is as deceptive as it is dangerous, as it funnels public tax dollars into privately-run schools which aren’t held accountable for the quality of their instruction, nor obliged to provide services for our most vulnerable students.
Our students also deserve highly qualified teachers. Texas ranks 43rd in education, and 34th in average teacher salary. There is a correlation. To improve the quality of our education, we must attract and retain highly-qualified teachers. We can do that by increasing teacher salaries to meet or beat the national average, improving their health insurance coverage, and removing test-based performance pay.
Allison believes in protecting American's second amendment rights - but we absolutely must do better to improve our gun safety legislation. Thus, this campaign is unequivocally committed to closing gun purchasing loopholes, requiring all firearm owners to have a permit, and to having those permits rechecked regularly. There are a long list of ways we can fairly improve our gun practices to make our communities safer without infringing on anyone's rights, but these simple steps will do the most to keep all Texans secure.
While we need to agree on certain levels of guidance from the state and federal levels, we also need to be able to comfortably do what's best for our cities and our communities. We need to have the ability to set our own minimum wages, our own union standards, and our own community guidelines that work best for us. Our current Texas State Legislature has taken this ability away from us, and it's time to fight for it back.