My 2019 Voter Guide

Proposition 1 (HJR 72)

“The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.” – NoMunicipal judges should be dealt with in the legislature. We need to move toward the nonpartisan election of judges. This proposition is not only redundant (as municipal judges can already serve in multiple locations). But it would potentially give people control in an area where they have no incentive to be interested. 

Proposition 2 (SJR 79)

“The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.” – Yes

Proposition 3 (HJR 34)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.” – Yes

Proposition 4 (HJR 38)

“The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.” – No (IMPORTANT). This is another attempt at a redundant political show. The Texas constitution does not allow for an income tax. This will increase the future property tax and sales tax burden for school and healthcare funding.

Proposition 5 (SJR 24)

“The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.” Yes

Proposition 6 (HJR 12)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.” – I will be voting No but I can understand why someone would vote yes. While it is noble to fund cancer research Texas must deal with the huge oversight and overall structure of the cancer research program in Texas. CPRIT funding is in place until 2022. The legislature should make self-sufficient funding of CPRIT  a priority instead of pawning a complicated issue onto the public.

Proposition 7 (HJR 151)

“The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.” – Yes. But only because our schools need increased distribution. But we still have to deal with the inefficient and questionable judgment of the School Land Board that manages the funds. 

Proposition 8 (HJR 4)

“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.” – Yes

Proposition 9 (HJR 95)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.” – No. This is a blatant attempt to decrease the common pain on behalf of large businesses, corporations, and special interests and increase property taxation on average Texans. It also ties the hands of counties to prioritize tax breaks of precious metals over other investments. 

Proposition 10 (SJR 32)

“The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.” – Yes. Obviously yes.