Austin, TX — Today, the State Democratic Executive Committee authorized the following ballot propositions to be placed on the March 2018 Democratic Primary Ballot. The propositions have been dubbed “The Texas Bill of Rights; 12 Big, Bold Ideas to Save Texas.”
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Texas Democrats believe that every single Texan deserves a life of dignity, respect, and a fair shot to get ahead. That’s why today, Texas Democrats call for a Texas Bill of Rights. We propose 12 big, bold ideas to save Texas.
“For far too long, everyday Texans have faced a system tilted against them. While unaccountable corporations and the top one percent reap the fruit of Texan labor, working families and good folks increasingly bear the burden of a growing state. The system is rigged against Texans, and the system must change.
“America’s founders believed that we were born with inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Texas Democrats will not stop fighting until the Texas Constitution truly guarantees the rights of all.”
The Texas Bill of Rights
12 Big, Bold Ideas to Save Texas
2018 Democratic Primary Ballot Propositions:
Prop #1 on a Right to a 21st Century Public Education
Should everyone in Texas have the right to quality public education from pre-k to 12th grade, and affordable college and career training without the burden of crushing student loan debt?
Prop #2 on Student Loan Debt
Should everyone in Texas have the right to refinance student loan debt with the Federal Reserve at a 0% interest rate, as relief for the crushing burden of debt and an investment in the next generation of Americans?
Prop #3 on a Right to Healthcare
Should everyone in Texas have a right to healthcare, guaranteed by a universal, quality Medicare-for-all system?
Prop #4 on a Right to Economic Security
Should everyone in Texas have the right to economic security, where all workers have earned paid family and sick leave and a living wage that respects their hard work?
Prop #5 on a National Jobs Program
Should the Democratic Party promote a national jobs program, with high wage and labor standards, to replace crumbling infrastructure and rebuild hurricane damaged areas, paid for with local, state, and federal bonds financed through the Federal Reserve at low interest with long term maturities?
Prop #6 on a Right to Clean Air, Safe Water, and a Healthy Environment
Should everyone in Texas have the right to clean air, safe water, and a healthy environment?
Prop #7 on a Right to Dignity & Respect
Should everyone in Texas have the right to a life of dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment anywhere, including businesses and public facilities, no matter how they identify, the color of their skin, who they love, socioeconomic status, or from where they come?
Prop #8 on a Right to Housing
Should everyone in Texas have the right to affordable and accessible housing and modern utilities including high speed internet, free from any form of discrimination?
Prop #9 on a Right to Vote
Should every eligible Texan have the right to vote, made easier by automatic voter registration, the option to vote by mail, a state election holiday, and no corporate campaign influence, foreign interference, or illegal gerrymandering?
Prop #10 on a Right to a Fair Criminal Justice System
Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair criminal justice system that treats people equally and puts an end to the mass incarceration of young people of color for minor offenses?
Prop #11 on Immigrant Rights
Should there be a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants and their children, keeps families together, protects DREAMers, and provides workforce solutions for businesses?
Prop #12 a Right to Fair Taxation
Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair tax system, where all interests (business, corporations, and individuals) pay their share, so that state government meets its obligations?