PLANO, TX – State Senator Van Taylor today released the following statement endorsing David J. Schenck for 5th District Court of Appeals:
“Serving Texas as a Deputy Attorney General and currently as the incumbent Judge in the 5th District Court of Appeals, David J. Schenck is an accomplished legal mind and has proven himself to be a staunch defender of the constitution. When Washington DC tried to restrict handgun ownership, Schenck defended our second amendment rights filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of gun rights groups. Meanwhile, his opponent ran unsuccessfully in multiple Democrat primaries but mysteriously choose to file in the Republican primary this year in what some are calling an attempt to cause confusion given their similar names. While their first names are the same, the difference between the candidates couldn’t be more different. Please join me in supporting a proven constitutional conservative, Judge Schenck for reelection.”
Leading Small Business Association Praises Taylor For Work on Behalf of Texas Job Creators
PLANO, TX - Senator Van Taylor was today awarded a 100 percent voting record from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/Texas on legislation impacting small businesses. A leading small business association, NFIB has 24,000 Texas members representing a cross-section of the state’s economy.
“With over 60,000 businesses in our district, I am constantly inspired by the passion and dedication of our job creators to tackle the risks of starting their own business and investing in our community,” stated Taylor. “The formula is simple: jobs come from small business, not big government. It is the hard-work, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit of our small businesses, that have propelled Texas to become the leader in jobs and economic opportunity. It is an honor to be recognized by NFIB and I will continue to fight government overreach that strangles job creation and threatens personal liberty.”
In the face of tragedy our community comes together. Over the past few days, since the devastating tornado ripped through North Texas, I have been on the phone with many of those affected by the storm, first responders, local and state officials, and community members wanting to know how they can help.
The outpouring of support is a testament to the character and resolve of our community. Anne and I want to thank everyone who has reached out and asked for ways in which they can provide assistance.
For those who are able, tomorrow, December 30th, at noon, Collin County will open the Disaster Resource Center, a multi-agency resource center providing coordinated assistance services to those in need. The Disaster Resource Center will be staged at the First Baptist Church of Farmersville (124 South Washington Street, Farmersville, Texas 75442). This will serve as the command post for those interested in providing resources or volunteering to help with clean up.
For those able to donate supplies, please contact Collin County Emergency Management Department at (972) 548-4383 to inquire about needed items before delivery. Additional information on how to help can be found here: http://www.collincountytx.gov/public_information/features/Pages/tornadoHelp.aspx
If you or someone you know needs assistance, this will serve as the central location for support services and volunteers. Representatives from my office as well as other county and state representatives will be on site to offer assistance with casework.
As always, if you have any questions, or if I can be helpful in anyway, please contact my district office at (972) 398-9416 and someone will be there to assist you. Thank you again for the tremendous response to our neighbors in need.
A Recognized Conservative Leader, Taylor Pledges to Continue Working to Limit the Size and Reach of Government
PLANO - Senator Van Taylor was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission. The Sunset Commission works to shine a light on state government functions, eliminate obsolete and unnecessary programs, and improve governmental operations for the benefit of all Texans.
"Left unchecked, government will expand and metastasize beyond its original design, taxing everyday citizens as the regulatory burdens grow larger," stated Taylor. "The Sunset process in Texas is designed to keep that government creep in check. Placing our agencies under sunset review helps restrain the size, scope, and cost of state government within the bounds of our laws and the Constitution."
Senator Taylor continued, "I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for the trust and confidence placed in me to serve as Vice Chairman of this important effort. Working with my esteemed colleagues, I look forward to continuing Texas' time-honored tradition of thoroughly reviewing government agencies to ensure their effectiveness. Together we can reduce the footprint of state government and make it more accountable to the people."
PLANO - State Senator Van Taylor today backed Governor Greg Abbott in his announcement of new measures to enhance border security and combat the escalation of illegal crossings along Texas' southern border.
This announcement comes as reports of apprehensions along the Texas border through October and November are on average two to three times higher than last year. In the Big Bend sector, unaccompanied minor arrivals for that period has increased almost tenfold. In the Rio Grande sector, it doubled from 3,219 to 6,465, according to U.S. Border Patrol Data
Governor Abbott said in a statement, "In September, I warned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson 'about the significant increase in unaccompanied minors who are once again pouring across our border. I asked for his 'immediate and bold action to prevent this from escalating into an uncontrollable crisis.' Despite the warning – followed by a phone discussion about the matter – my request for more border patrol agents and strategic resources to secure the border were ignored. Now, the concern I warned about has turned into reality: A substantial spike in illegal crossings has occurred at a particularly unsuspecting time, once again challenging Texas' security and resources. The Federal Government compounded its negligence by failing to give advance notice so that the state and local governments could prepare for the Obama administration’s unilateral decision to relocate nearly a thousand foreign nationals in Texas."
A strong proponent of increased border security measures and vocal critic of President Obama's proposed amnesty policies, Senator Van Taylor immediately backed Governor Abbott stating, "The misguided policies of President Obama have enticed tens of thousands of young children to leave their family and engender risks no child should endure, while at the same time leaving our state vulnerable to drug cartels, human traffickers, and potential terrorist threats. I will continue to make border security a top priority and I applaud Governor Abbott for taking meaningful action to combat illegal border crossings. In the face of Washington inaction, the state of Texas must fully commit to securing our border, protecting our citizens, and not yielding one inch of Texas land to the drug cartels."
The more government spends, or expands its reach by intrusive and unnecessary regulations, the more freedom it takes away from the people it serves. That's why Van authored legislation to strengthen Texas’ spending caps, require state agencies to provide detailed reports on how they could cut their budgets by 1%, 5%, and 10%, and rein in agency rules and regulations made contrary to legislative intent.
PLANO – State Senator Van Taylor today applauded Governor Abbott’s appointment of Mike Morath to be the next commissioner of the Texas Education Agency.
“Mike Morath has proven himself a thoughtful reformer capable of tackling the challenges in our public education system,” stated Taylor. “Mike understands the success of our education system should center on our children and equipping them with the knowledge needed to pursue their dreams.”
PLANO, TX – Senator Van Taylor was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to serve on the Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. The Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief will travel the state holding public hearings and look for ways to improve the property tax process, as well as reduce the burden on property owners. The committee will then report their recommendations to the Finance Committee prior to the 2017 Legislative Session.
“Without a vigilant eye defending the taxpayers, government will naturally consume everything in its path," stated Taylor. “The math is simple, just because home values go up, that doesn’t mean it costs government any more to provide the same services to those same homes. Worse, while appraisal values increase the tax burden on working families, there is no guarantee that family incomes will rise at the same rate to offset this effective tax increase. This money belongs to the people, not government, and homeowners should not be punished with higher taxes when they are fortunate enough to see an increase in the value of their home.”
AUSTIN, TX – The Senate Republican Freshman Caucus, commonly referred to as the Liberty 8, issued the following joint statement in response to today’s Supreme Court ruling in King v Burwell:
“Obamacare is a disastrous, fatally flawed policy riddled with broken promises and false hope. Instead of delivering on its charge to make healthcare more affordable, premiums have skyrocketed, access to care limited, and deductibles grown so large that insured dollars have become unreachable for many families. Jobs have been killed, hours available for workers restricted, and in one stroke of the President’s pen the promise of the American dream has been pushed beyond the grasp of many striving to make a better life for their families.
Today’s contorted Supreme Court ruling attempts to throw Obamacare another lifeline but does nothing to fix the underlying problems hurting our constituents and threatening the American economy. On top of the additional costs levied on Texas families and small businesses, our state budget now includes a quarter of a billion dollar Obamacare fee impacting our ability to allocate state resources towards the priorities Texans have asked for. It is time for leaders in Washington to show some political courage and stop relying on the Courts to do their job. Today’s Court decision does nothing to weaken our resolve to repeal Obamacare and, alongside our Governor and Lieutenant Governor, we remain united against any attempt to expand, or further implement, Obamacare in Texas.”
The 2015 class of Republican Freshman Senators include Senators Paul Bettencourt, Konni Burton, Brandon Creighton, Bob Hall, Don Huffines, Lois Kolkhorst, Charles Perry, and Van Taylor. Together they represent over a quarter of the Texas Senate, with at least one of the group on every committee in the Senate. Labeled by many pundits as the most conservative class in the history of Texas, the Liberty Caucus is committed to limiting the size and reach of government, securing the border, stopping the expansion of Obamacare, protecting family values, lowering the tax burden on families and small businesses, and promoting conservative solutions for Texas.
On Eve of Supreme Court Ruling, Taylor Vows to Rally Support for the Governor and Lead Texas Senate in Fighting Obamacare
PLANO, TX – State Senator Van Taylor today applauded Governor Greg Abbott for his leadership and decisive stance against extending Obamcare a “lifeline” in the event the Supreme Court rules that federally established exchanges are ineligible for subsides. Abbott and Taylor both anticipate that such a ruling could cause the collapse of the President’s healthcare law and offer Congress and states the opportunity to start over, allowing people to transition away from Obamacare.
“Contrived in backroom deals and riddled with broken promises, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and their allies in Washington forced on the American people a $1.7 trillion dollar takeover of our healthcare system,” stated Taylor. “While plunging our nation further into debt, Obamacare has most harmed those whom the law was supposed to help. Healthcare premiums have skyrocketed, deductibles grown so large that insured dollars have become unreachable for many families, jobs have been killed, hours available for workers restricted, and the promise of the American dream pushed beyond the grasp of many striving to make a better life for their family.”