ISSUES

Family Values

Phil is a Pro-Life Republican. He believes that life is precious and must be protected. His voting record in the Texas House reflects this.

Property Taxes

Phil is for meaningful property tax relief. As the only practicing CPA in the Texas House he understands that the main culprit in skyrocketing property taxes is school tax. School tax is made up of two components: Interest and Sinking Fund (bonded debt), and maintenance and operations (M&O). In the 86th Legislature Phil filed HB 3793, a bill that would in effect subsidize M&O taxes with exempt sales and use taxes. If passed, it would have significantly reduced property taxes for residential homesteads.

Public Retirement

Phil is for an overhaul of public retirement, particularly teacher retirement. Teacher Retirement System (TRS) currently has a 46 billion dollar unfunded liability. In the 86th Legislature he filed HB 183, a comprehensive bill that would have put TRS on the path towards solvency. Pension Revenue Enhancement Strategy would in effect authorize the issuance of life insurance policies per teacher (per consent). An investment trust apart from the TRS trust would be established. Upon the passing of a respective teacher fifty-percent of the benefit would be deposited into the investment trust. The beneficiary of this separate trust would be the TRS Pension Fund.

Education

Phil believes that education is the foundation of prosperity, which is why he was an advocate of HB 3, which passed into law in the 86th Legislature. HB 3 is transformational school finance reform, devoting 4.5 billion to education reforms, 2 billion for dynamic teacher pay raises, and reducing recapture (Robin Hood) by 3.6 billion.

Ag Issues

Agriculture is the second largest economic driver in the state of Texas. In the 86th Legislature Phil passed HB 191, an Ag pesticide disposal program. By establishing collection sites around the state, the program allows Ag producers to dispose of dangerous, unused, expired, or unwanted chemicals lawfully and at no charge to the producer. The program is paid for by Pesticide Registration Fees, paid by pesticide manufacturers.

This information will be updated frequently. If you have any questions about these or any other policies or specific bills, please contact the District Office at

281-232-7900

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