Abbott-O-MeterTracking the promises of Greg Abbott
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.
"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.”
"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.
"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."
"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.
"I will champion privacy protections that prevent the sale of your personal information unless you expressly agree to it."
"I will sign whichever open carry bill withstands the legislative process and makes it to my desk."
The final decision to allow guns to be carried on campuses should be left to individual institutions.
"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.
"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."
"And my plan will build the roads for the Texas of tomorrow without raising a single penny of taxes, fees or tolls."
"And your property taxes must be reduced so that you can actually own your own home."
"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.
"Teachers and parents know far better how to educate our children than do a bunch of bureaucrats in Austin or Washington, D.C."
"And my plan will stop forcing teachers to teach to so many standardized tests."