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Abbott-O-MeterTracking the promises of Greg Abbott
Bar state government from setting up an Obamacare marketplace/exchange
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.
Approve no tax increases
"To be perfectly clear right now and forever: absolutely no tax increases whatsoever for any of my programs. The Abbott administration will not have any tax increases.”
Focus additional spending on cancer screenings and treatment for low-income Texans
"Because this is strategic spending on certain areas, it should reduce the cost of health care in the state in the long term." Abbott specified his desire to spend $50 million more on women's health care.
Fund Medicaid by block grants
"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."
Fund treatment for postpartum depression for low-income mothers
"As a starting point, the coverage period for postpartum doctor visits for the mother under" the Children's Health Insurance Program's perinatal coverage "should be extended from 60 days to up to one year." Abbott calls for spending $3 million more over two years.
Limit state agencies from selling personal information from public records
"I will champion privacy protections that prevent the sale of your personal information unless you expressly agree to it."
Legalize openly carrying handguns in public
"I will sign whichever open carry bill withstands the legislative process and makes it to my desk."
Allow guns on college campuses
The final decision to allow guns to be carried on campuses should be left to individual institutions.
Require state elected officials to disclose more about personal sources of income, contracts
"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."
Eliminate loopholes that allow legislators to vote on legislation financially benefiting themselves
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."
Limit legislators who are lawyers from making money from lawsuit referrals
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."
Require quarterly candidate campaign finance reports
State law currently requires state candidates to routinely file finance reports once every six months. This change would have reports filed quarterly.
Bar spending of certain contributions until they're reported to the state
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.
Permit residents of cities and counties to repeal red light camera ordinances
Voters should be able to launch repeals of red-light camera ordinances by petition.
Ban school districts from hiring lobbyists to lobby legislators for more funding
"Using your money to lobby for more of your money is a conflict of interest. It needs to stop. School districts should directly represent the needs of their schools at the Legislature and not waste taxpayer resources on lobbyists."
Build roads without additional taxes, fees or tolls
"And my plan will build the roads for the Texas of tomorrow without raising a single penny of taxes, fees or tolls."
Cut Texas property taxes
"And your property taxes must be reduced so that you can actually own your own home."
Make Texas No. 1 in the nation in education
"Texas must become No. 1 in the nation for educating our children." We asked Abbott aides how he intended to gauge the state's status as No. 1 and didn't immediately hear back.
Allow schools to opt out of state mandates
"Teachers and parents know far better how to educate our children than do a bunch of bureaucrats in Austin or Washington, D.C."
Stop 'forcing teachers to teach to so many standardized tests'
"And my plan will stop forcing teachers to teach to so many standardized tests."