Chris Paddie:
 A Businessman Fighting for Our East Texas Values

February 26, 2018

As a businessman, Representative Paddie knows what it is like to grow a successful business and meet a payroll. His businesses have created numerous good-paying jobs across East Texas. He understands how burdensome regulations increase costs and limit opportunities. Because of his business acumen, Paddie knows how to make state government more efficient and limit over regulation. This experience helped Representative Paddie lead efforts cut millions of dollars in spending from the last budget and produce a balanced budget favorable to the taxpayers of Texas. That keeps more money in the pockets of conservatives and expands our economic freedoms across the state.

When you examine his votes on issues important to conservatives, Representative Paddie is a leader in the Texas House. He is consistently pro-life and voted to defund Planned Parenthood and ban partial-birth abortions. He believes every child is a gift from God and votes to protect unborn babies. Also, few members are as supportive of our right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment. As life-long gun-owner, Chris is committed to keeping our families and possessions safe.

In addition to defending our homes, Representative Paddie is committed to securing our border from illegal immigrants. He was a co-sponsor of the bill to end ‘Sanctuary Cities.’ This law prohibits local jurisdictions from preventing officers from upholding any part of an immigration law, including request to detain illegal immigrants to face deportation. The law gives enforcement officers additional tools to keep our communities safe and remove dangerous immigrants from our streets.

Representative Paddie really shines, however, when it comes to working for our public schools. During the first-called special session, Paddie helped passed provisions to add $150 million to the public-school finance system, which will allow districts to provide tax relief to property owners. In addition, he fought to secure an additional $41 million for certain small schools in the final bill. He understands the importance of public schools and knows they are the lifeblood of rural communities. Paddie helped add these provisions without increasing taxes at the state level, demonstrating he is a champion for taxpayers and students alike.

While these provisions are positive steps, legislators must continue to make changes to the public-school finance system to institute real property tax reforms. As conservatives know all too well, school district taxes make up the largest portion of local tax bills. These two issues are linked as local officials must raise property taxes when the state cuts its share of school finances needed to educate all of our student population. While we can discuss local spending caps as a reform, the only way to reduce local property taxes in a meaningful way is to properly fund our public education system in Texas – including ending the provisions of the Robin Hood system. Representative Paddie understands this critical relationship and will continue to work on changes to the system.

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