Petition to Trent Ashby, Dan Patrick, Texas State House, Greg Abbott
Healthcare for Retired and Active Teachers
Recent changes, voted on by our elected officials, have escalated the price of health insurance for educators in Texas. Retired teachers presently average $24,000 a year, and as of January 2018, in-network fees will increase 130% and the out-of-network will increase by 361%. With these rising costs, the average retired teacher will have the bulk of his/her pension sucked away by heightened insurance premiums. Retired teacher deductibles will also increase to $3,000 which is TEN times what it is now. As it stands for current educators, in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, ActiveCare 2 will increase to $2,004 for employees and their families. Couple that with dental and vision insurance, and it totals a whopping $2,201.46. Each district tries to help by contributing around $300; however, that still ends up being $1,816 a month for health, vision, and dental insurance. On average, a teacher who has taught for 10 years makes about $50,000 a year ($4,166 a month). Deduct withholding tax and medicare tax ($408), deduct TRS contribution ($329), deduct ins ($1,816), and the amount to be lived off of is $1,613 a month if they choose ActiveCare 2. Let me put this into perspective for you...TRS insurance will cost MORE than what you are left with. Even if deciding to go with another plan, the premiums and/or deductibles are still high. There is no other profession in Texas that employs more than that of public education, yet we are not taken care of by the state of Texas. Currently 700,000 active public educators and 270,000 retired teachers are looking to our elected officials to make moral and ethical decisions on the welfare of educators. Why more teachers don't protest: Teachers are some of the most loyal employees you will ever find. For many, professional development is back in full force beginning next week. Their loyalty to their district and students supersede that of fixing their own dire situation, hence how they managed to stay quiet this long. Educators care for others and put themselves on the back burner. Last year alone, Texas teachers spent around $200,000,000 of their OWN money to put back into their classrooms. I have never seen any other profession give of themselves as teachers do. It is time that the state of Texas bands together with and for them to show your support. In signing this petition, you are pleading to Governor Greg Abbott and our elected officials to revisit the TRS healthcare for retired and current educators and make it affordable in comparison to average monthly incomes and cost of living in Texas. This is not the responsibility of the school districts. It is the duty of the state to manage teachers' healthcare premiums and deductibles, and as it stands, Governor Abbott, our senators, and our representatives have failed in doing so. School Administrators, teachers, and other school employees, please copy and paste the link and send this out to your campuses/districts!! We MUST finally come together and be heard!! #dontmesswithtexasteachers #changetrs
Petition to Julian Castro (Mayor), Joaquin Castro, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, United States Supreme Court, President of the United States, Texas State Senate, Texas Governor, Texas State House, John Cornyn, Louie Gohmert, Alma A. Allen, Sheila Jackson Lee, Gene Green, Ted Poe, Tony Tinderholt, Lamar Smith, Al Green, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Michael T. McCaul, Sam Johnson, Randy K. Weber Sr., Henry Cuellar, Joe Barton, Jeb Hensarling, Kevin Brady, Michael C. Burgess, Lloyd Doggett, Kay Granger, Judith Zaffirini, Pete Sessions, Charles Schwertner
Recreational & Medicinal Marijuana Legalization In Texas
We are in a new day and age where marijuana has been proven to cure and prevent cancer, seizures, parkinson's disease, glaucoma and more. We need to come together and make the legalization of marijuana available to our great fellow Texans who are in need of this plant. So please join me and other great Texans make it happen. Cause remember we the people can make anything happen if we come together and make our voices heard.
Petition to Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Randy K. Weber Sr., Ed Thompson
Cancel the STAAR test! Use those funds to rebuild TX schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey
Please cancel the STAAR test this school year. Let's take all the money we spend on the test and use it to rebuild the MANY schools in Texas that were damaged from Harvey! Let's cancel the STAAR test so that when our children return to the classroom, we can teach and care for them and not have to feel guilty for using instructional time to comfort a child who just lost everything. Let's focus on our future and not scores. Let's take care of our children and think with our hearts. Fellow teachers and parents, please consider signing this petition and share as much as you can. We chose this profession to make a difference in the life of a child and there are so many out there in need of our love!
Petition to Houston, Houstonians , Greg Abbott, Sylvester Turner
Mattress Mack Day Aug 26
It's time, Houston it's time, that Mattress Mack deserves his own Houston's day/ key to the city. During Hurricane Harvey he turned the key to his locations and opened them up as Shelters. This man is a Houston icon that deserves to be remembered forever. Signing this petition will help us get what he deserves August 26 is to be declared as Mattress Mack Day in Houston.
Petition to Texas Governor
Justice for Sherry Brown: Prevent housing discrimination in Texas.
My mom left prison in 2004 and has worked hard to build a life for herself and her family but is facing staggering challenges to find housing because of her shows she was in prison 14 years ago. After someone leaves prison, they face incredible barriers to finding employment and housing, making reintegration into society extremely challenging. It’s why four in ten offenders return to state prison within three years of their release. I saw this with my mom. She went to prison for a financial crime and then, when unable to find a job or housing to provide for her family upon her release, committed another financial crime to keep a roof over her family’s head and ended back in prison. She has not reoffended since, yet for the last four months, she has been on the verge of being homeless. She has applied for housing at more than a dozen places but keeps being denied because of her record, even though her offenses were completely nonviolent. Everyone makes mistakes, and ex-offenders shouldn’t have to pay for them their whole lives. Preventing people like my mom from having a place to live isn’t fair, and makes it impossible for them to better themselves through employment. I have two goals and need your help. First, I want to put my mom’s case before Governor Greg Abbott. Since she has two convictions, even though they are non-violent, non-sexual offenses, her record can be expunged only via a pardon by a sitting governor. And second, I want to put this issue in front of the legislature again so that more people have a second chance to successfully build their lives and not be forever haunted by a non-violent, non-sexual crime they committed years ago. Recidivism is a vicious cycle. Ultimately, prison extends far beyond the prison walls because the deck is already stacked against offenders once they are released. My mom is a great example of one of a Texan deserving of a second chance. Join me in asking Governor Abbott to grant my mom a pardon and the Texas legislature to take criminal justice reform one step further by expanding the state’s current expungement laws so that more deserving Texans can have their criminal records sealed or expunged.
Petition to Greg Abbott
Remove Rick Francis, Ronnie Hammonds, Christopher Huckabee, Mickey Long & John Steinmetz
Chancellor Robert Duncan has been a stalwart supporter of Texas Tech University for decades. Now, as he is set to deliver his crowning achievement -- the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo -- jealous and vindictive Aggies are doing everything in their power to stop him, even applying political pressure to the Texas Tech Board of Regents to eliminate Duncan by any means necessary. As reported by multiple news outlets, five regents voted "no confidence" in Duncan, forced him to resign, and then planted false allegations of impropriety in the media. No evidence of any wrongdoing has been presented, and Duncan has had an immaculate reputation in his decades of public service. We the undersigned, as students, faculty, alumni, and supporters of Texas Tech University, state our vote of No Confidence in Texas Tech regents Rick Francis, Ronnie Hammonds, Christopher Huckabee, Mickey Long, and John Steinmetz. These regents have shown that they do not serve the best interests of Texas Tech. We respectfully ask Governor Abbott to immediately begin proceedings to remove these five tainted regents and appoint five that will hold the interests of Texas Tech University above all personal and political calculations.
Petition to Greg Abbott, Roland Gutierrez, Rolando Pablos
Limit background checks on housing
In Texas nearly every apartment complex, mobile home community, and property management company subjects applicants to a lifelong background check that disqualifies most felons from attaining any form of housing, even if they have been a productive member of society for several years. I personally am a convicted felon who hasn’t had a felony conviction in nearly thirteen years ,and It is an arduous endeavor to find any place to call my own due to these extremely unreasonable background checks ,and I am aiming to make a change. If I can apply for and attain a job that is only allowed to go back seven years on my background check, why should housing authorities be able to check back grounds further back then my employer? Something has to change, and I feel as though as long as a person is able to provide the necessary income and credit score ,then their past mistakes should not be held against them any longer than two years for their debt to society has already been paid.So my proposal is to limit background checks to two years maximum for all housing authorities , apartment complexes ,and mobile/trailer home communities.
Petition to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
I Support Rural Texas Healthcare
Please sign our petition to support rural and underserved communities. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) will soon make a decision that could impact millions of Texans living in rural and underserved communities. Soon, THECB will decide to approve Sam Houston State University's (SHSU) proposed medical school. The program requires no state funding and is designed to help meet the extraordinary and urgent healthcare needs of East Texas. We have a healthcare crisis in Texas, particularly in rural and underserved areas. With 80% of the state's counties classified as medically underserved, some of the most vulnerable Texans - the elderly, children and minority populations - are in jeopardy of not having adequate access to healthcare. SHSU aims to help the people of East Texas by increasing the number of primary care physicians practicing in those communities. All we need is the board’s approval to continue working to improve healthcare in these communities. #SupportTXRuralHealthcare