Sarah Davis: 
An Advocate for Taxpayers and Open Government

February 20, 2018

As an attorney, Sarah Davis fights to protect individuals and businesses from frivolous, personal-injury lawsuits. As a state representative, she brings that same fighting spirit to the job of protecting taxpayers from spending and increased taxes. She also is an advocate for transparency and open government reforms. In short, Representative Davis’ philosophy of limited government, individual responsibility, and personal freedom are conservative principles that benefit Texas.

In the legislature, Davis serves as Chair of both the General Investigating and Ethics Committee and the Appropriations Sub-Committee on Health and Human Services. In these roles, she is well positioned to advocate for open and honest government and control spending of the medical costs for the state.

In her role on the Appropriations Committee, Chairman Davis is responsible for controlling our rising health care costs. Following her lead, the legislature passed a balanced state budget which cut more than $200 million in spending from the prior budget cycle. That keeps more money in the pockets of conservatives and expands our economic freedoms across the state.

In addition to controlling spending, Chairman Davis also works for conservative solutions for cutting taxes. Chairman Davis was a leader in the House and pushed for the elimination of dozens of taxes imposed on professionals which was especially beneficial to many of her constituents who are doctors, lawyers, and accountants.

Davis knows that property tax reform is key to the continued success of Texas. She understands we must fix our broken school finance system before we can reform our property tax system. She knows local officials increase our property taxes for schools every time the state cuts its share of the finance system. Chairman Davis understands this critical relationship and will continue to work toward solutions of the system.  For that reason,Davis plans to work on solutions that limit increases in local property tax and end the impacts of the Robin Hood provisions of the system.

As a leader on the Appropriations Committee, Davis worked to add $150 million to the public-school system, which will allow districts to provide tax relief to property owners. In addition, she added $60 million for districts to buy down their bond debt and another $60 million to help charter schools build new facilities for learning. Chairman Davis ensured these provisions helped students without increasing taxes at the state level, proving she is a champion for taxpayers and students alike.

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