I am currently running for the Republican nomination to serve in the Texas State Legislature, House District 15.
There are a few reasons I’m doing this. Texas is running into a huge financial shortfall in January 2013. We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem — we’ve grown 20 percent as a state in the past 10 years, yet spending has increased basically 44 percent. It’s out of control spending, just like the Federal government.
But for me as a small business owner, I think the thing that bothers me the most is the way we’re taxed. We have something in Texas called the margin tax or franchise tax. They tax us basically for the privilege of being able to do business in Texas, and it has nothing to do with your profitability. There are companies in Texas that, when things were really tough in 2008 and 2009, actually had to borrow money from the bank so they could pay their franchise tax and stay in business. They lost money but, because they were doing business in excess of $1 million, they had to borrow money to stay in business. It’s just crazy.
But the other issue, too, is that the state government is just becoming too intrusive. I hate this ruling that Texas handed down from the 81st legislative session that requires us to have a repair tech’s license. It’s ridiculous — there are 675 pages in the NEC electric code book, and not one page is dedicated to pools. Yet bureaucrats in Austin have forced this upon us and it’s cost us thousands of dollars.
You can only get angry about it for so long, and at some point you just have to step up and serve if you want anything to change.
I will be running in the Republican primaries against the incumbent Rob Eissler, a six-termer regarded as probably the fifth most powerful person in Austin. He was instrumental in getting the current Speaker of the House put in place and removing the very conservative Speaker of the House who was there. He has a war chest of over $1/2 million, so it’s going to take a lot of hard work for me to get there. We just finished a very successful fundraiser, though, and we have a lot of commitments. So we haven’t wrapped it up completely yet, but it’s been very successful.
I’m hoping this will encourage other small business owners to engage and step up and serve.