Joe Straus is a strong fiscal conservative who has repeatedly led the Texas House to approve balanced budgets, reduce taxes and protect a healthy Rainy Day Fund. He’s one of the few legislators ever to lead efforts to abolish a tax, saving taxpayers roughly $200 million a year thanks to his passage of legislation that abolished the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund tax once it had served its purpose. …READ MORE
As a legislator and a father, Joe knows that the education of the next generation is critical to Texas’ future. He has repeatedly led the House to prioritize public education and higher education in the state budget. Joe also understands that improving education is about more than money. Under his leadership in 2013, the House reduced the burden of excessive testing in public schools, giving educators more flexibility to meet their students’ individual needs. The House also strengthened career readiness programs so that all students can succeed and prosper after high school, regardless of whether they attend four-year universities.
Joe Straus is a champion of policies that encourage job creation and economic growth. He knows that it’s the small business owners, entrepreneurs and private sector that create jobs – not government – so he works to keep the tax burden low and state laws and regulations fair and reasonable. He’s focused on improving statewide economic development efforts and attracting more high-paying manufacturing jobs to Texas.
During his four sessions as leader of the Texas House, Joe and his fellow House members:
- Approved balanced budgets that did not increase taxes
- Provided almost $6 billion in tax relief
- Cut $14 billion from the state budget during the 82nd Session alone
- Protected billions in the Rainy Day Fund to pay for future emergencies
- Took bold action to address the state’s severe water shortage …READ MORE
Joe Straus’ first priority is standing up for the people who elected him, the residents of District 121. His selection by his peers to serve as their Speaker means greater clout for San Antonio at the state Capitol. San Antonio and its citizens benefit from the efforts he’s supported: …READ MORE
With Joe’s leadership, the Texas House provided assistance for military men and women who suffer severe burns in the line of duty. Many of these wounded warriors are treated in San Antonio at the Brooke Army Medical Center, recently renamed as the San Antonio Military Medical Center.
The Legislature created the College Credit for Heroes program that allows military personnel to receive academic or workforce education credit for experience obtained during their military service.
Both of these programs recognize the value of the military service of the men and women who safeguard our freedom, and will benefit the people and economy of San Antonio.
Joe Straus knows that our growing state has growing needs, from water resources to transportation infrastructure. During the last decade, Texas’ population grew by almost 21 percent, and even greater growth is projected for the next 10 years. Joe has instilled a disciplined focus on fundamental issues, such as water and transportation, that are directly related to the future success of the Texas private sector.