LINA ON THE ISSUES
Create Jobs & Economic Fairness
· Promote trade jobs and fight back against anti-immigrant rhetoric and stereotypes that hurt business opportunities on the border.
· Support increased state and local cooperation to bring high-paying jobs back to El Paso
· Fight for continued funding for medical and nursing education and biomedical research to attract increased private sector investments
· Change the law to allow cities to decide for themselves a minimum wage that supports working families.
· Increase funding for affordable child care to help more families balance the responsibilities of work and family.
Promote Access to Education
· Expand free pre-K to all Texans four year-olds to ensure every child enters kindergarten ready to learn.
· Fully restore cuts that were made to Texas public schools to ensure every child has the chance to succeed regardless if they come from rich neighborhoods or poor.
· Reduce the pressure to teach to the test and allow teachers more flexibility to interact with their students.
· Increase funding for EPCC and recognize the critical role our community college plays in providing the technical and work skills critical El Pasoans need for higher paying jobs.
· Elevate UTEP to a Tier 1 university to bring the graduate and research programs a community of our size deserves.
· Defend the Hazelwood program and the educational benefits veterans and their families have earned.
Expand Healthcare for Families
· Restore Medicaid coverage for critical therapies that disabled children need.
· Expand Medicaid coverage for all eligible families just as New Mexico and Arizona have. This step alone would draw down millions of federal health care dollars.
· Make government-subsidized health insurance available to those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
· Promote access to women's health care and family planning services.
· Address the shortage of health care providers by continuing to fund programs and UTEP, the Paul L Foster School of Medicine, Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech El Paso.
El Paso’s downtown is undergoing a renaissance, and that’s a good thing. In most communities, property taxes from vibrant downtowns help subsidize the services for residents throughout the city. But in El Paso, downtown taxes have declined for years. City and community planning, in cooperation with state agencies like TXDOT, which is helping provide funding for streetcars, is changing that. As State Representative, I’ll work to strengthen city and state relations, support economic incentives for the downtowns of border cities, and champion efforts to revitalize El Paso’s downtown, as a healthy downtown provides more services for all our city residents.