Promise Broken rulings on the Abbott-O-Meter
Texas, which also should bar state resources and personnel from enforcing or implementing the Obamacare law, is among states that leave its Obamacare marketplace to the federal government.
"The one-size-fits-all approach, mandated from Washington, D.C., and the Medicaid system, does not help Texas address the unique needs of the diverse population we have in this state."
"I will champion privacy protections that prevent the sale of your personal information unless you expressly agree to it."
"I'm proposing that all state elected officials be required to disclose more about their sources of income and to disclose any contracts they, or their family members, have with state agencies or local government bodies."
Abbott wants state law amended to restrict legislators from voting on legislation with "any pecuniary gain through employment, contracts, subcontracts, contingency fees, referral fees, or agreements."
This prohibition would apply to legislators and statewide elected officials licensed by the State Bar of Texas. "Violation of this requirement would be a Class A misdemeanor."
State law currently requires state candidates to routinely file finance reports once every six months. This change would have reports filed quarterly.
Candidates would be barred from spending contributions of over $5,000 made in the last 30 days before an election -- until they are reported to the Texas Ethics Commission.
Voters should be able to launch repeals of red-light camera ordinances by petition.
More Teach for America positions should be supported by the state. Increase funding by $3 million from the existing $12 million every two years
"Prohibiting the practice of funds consolidation is a critical reform that will restore truth-in-budgeting. Dedicated accounts should be used only for their intended purpose, not to grow the state budget." Abbott said this change, taking effect in 2023-24, would require lawmakers to send voters a proposed constitutional amendment.
Texas' current constitutional spending limit "must be strengthened." Imposing a tougher limit would require lawmakers to send voters a proposed constitutional amendment.
Voters should be asked to approve a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the Economic Stabilization Fund to be used to cover current-biennium revenue shortfalls, retire existing state debt, make one-time infrastructure payments or to cover expenses related to disasters as declared by the governor.