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."
"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."
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.
"And my plan will stop forcing teachers to teach to so many standardized tests."
More Teach for America positions should be supported by the state. Increase funding by $3 million from the existing $12 million every two years
Requiring schools to declare each school's enrollment compared to its capacity will better inform parents and taxpayers.
Public school students should be allowed to take any Virtual School Network course even if it's offered in person at their school. Also, the state cap of three VSN courses per student should be repealed.
"In addition to incentivizing higher graduation rates, the criteria for performance-based funding should also include metrics to ensure quality of instruction; for instance, universities may receive funding based on the percentage of graduates who are employed within six months of graduating."
On the stump, Abbott called the 2001 tuition law "flawed" and said he would not veto a bill to repeal it. But he did not outline how he would suggest fixing it.
"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.
"We must ensure that Texas' four-year public universities claim five of the top ten spots in future rankings" of public universities by U.S. News.