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Texas House, District 114

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    Thomas Griffing (L) Business Owner, College Instructor

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Why should voters choose you over your opponent?

What are the state's greatest challenges that government can address?

The current two-year budget restored billions of dollars from previous cuts. Are there places where you advocate more spending and, if so, how would you pay for it? Are there areas where you would spend less?

The state’s business climate is considered a jobs magnet. How would you improve on today’s business conditions, regulation or promotion?

Please assess the safety net for Texas' poor and working poor. What changes, if any, would you make?

The 2013 Legislature broke with the recent past and boosted spending on mental health care. What other reforms should lawmakers pursue to address mental health in Texas?

What would you advocate to prevent another disaster like what happened in West?

Texas' "Closing the Gaps in Higher Education" master plan is due for a 2015 update. Are there new directions or initiatives you advocate for the state's colleges and universities?

How will you judge whether the state’s new accountability system is working for public education?

The Legislature may have to contend with another court order to overhaul the system of financing public schools. What is your idea of a better way to support public education in Texas?

If voters approve an extra $1.2 billion a year in highway spending in November, that’s only a fraction of what TxDOT says is needed. How would you bridge that gap to meet the needs of the growing population: taxes, fees, tolls, borrowing, some combination, or none of the above? Please be specific.

An ABA-sponsored, bipartisan review of Texas’ death penalty recommended numerous reforms. What weaknesses or needed improvements would you cite in the administration of the death penalty?

Do you favor open carry for handgun owners in Texas?

Gov. Rick Perry has advocated "decriminalization" of marijuana possession. What changes would you support in prosecution of drug laws in Texas?

Would you vote to place a medical marijuana amendment before Texas voters?

What changes, if any, would you make in Texas’ open records and open meetings laws?

Should the Legislature pass laws that supersede local control over oil and gas drilling?

What, if anything, should the state do to reform laws that govern payday lending?

City/Town Dallas
Age 59
Campaign Phone Number (214) 893-4534
Email Address Tom.Griffing@gmail.com
23 years
Small business owner, College instructor
Louisiana State University - Electrical Engineering & Computer Science University Of Houston - Technical Writing Richland College - Hydraulics & Pneumatics
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Led international workshops on renewable technologies for Open Source Ecology.
Ron Paul He advocates freedom for the people and doesn't lie.
To present solutions for issues challenging the people of Texas.
My approach is based on personal liberties and will be directed toward increasing the liberties of the people and to prevent outsiders (ie: non-Texans) from interfering with their liberties and rights.
Abuse of federal powers - which can be addressed by nullification of federal law at the state level. Education reform - Allow people to choose the education for their children. Allow them to allocate their taxes to educational institution of their choice, including home schooling. Militarization of local law enforcement / War on Drugs - These two issues go hand-in-hand. We should end them both, as history has shown that 40 years of prohibition has only made the problem worse and wasted taxpayer dollars. Restoration of traditional health care - Allow alternatives to the "Affordable Health Care".
More oversight on rural roadways in Texas. Spending cuts across the board and reduce the tax burden on the people. End taxes on personal property.
Promote industry / manufacturing businesses, as they bring in money from outside Texas.
The term "safety net" sounds good, but projects a bias. I prefer the term "subsidy", as funding the poor shapes future behavior and must be used carefully to prevent abuse. I would like to see more work programs to help find work for the unemployed As a small business owner, I have experienced the challenges for people to run their own businesses - I would encourage small businesses with simplified grants.
Provide tax relief or other incentive for families to care for their own elderly.
The explosion in West, TX was a tragedy that could have been avoided by requiring more frequent inspections and implementation of corrective measures.
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The past has shown that standardized testing re-shaped schooling to "teach to the test", excluding traditional means. I am in favor of privatized schooling and testing and giving more discretion to local schools that encourage true education.

Tests alone don't provide a complete assessment of education. I would encourage classes that would be be trade-related - to help high school graduates get jobs without a college education.

We can study similar means of assessment, such as those used by "Texas Home School Coalition" and incorporate means of assessment that prove to be valid.
People often put their children in private schools for a better education than provided by public schools. Parents should be able to apply their taxes to their child's education in the school of their choosing and not pay taxes to public educational system they don't use.

More parent involvement in the education of their children will naturally enhance their children's education.
In rural Texas, I regularly see state highways re-surfaced that don't need it, yet minimal maintenance on county roads that badly need re-surfacing. Yes, state and county monies are different, but these monies can be better allocated.

Encourage people to live in rural areas instead of large cities. Current technologies enable remote working and running businesses from one's home. We should embrace these policies.
End the war on drugs - this will provide a long-term reduction in the number of people for execution, as the related crimes are often drug related.
I think open carry isn't necessary and could be a cause of provocation. I also think we should relax our restrictions for concealed carry.
Decriminalization of marijuana possession.
Yes.
Make all records and meetings open. People should know what their representatives are doing.
No opinion.
I don't favor payday lending. I think it discourages responsible money management. I think people are somewhat dependent on it, but could change if the practice were discouraged.
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