Debra Medina, of We Texans, hosts a talk entitled “We must Eliminate the Property Tax in the State of Texas.”
Medina was born in Beeville in Bee County in south Texas. She graduated as a registered nurse from Baptist Memorial Hospital System School of Nursing (now Baptist Health System) in San Antonio in 1984. She earned her business degree in 1995 from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. In 2002 she founded and managed Prudentia Inc., a medical billing company based in Wharton, Texas.
Medina got involved in politics in the 1990s and became Wharton County GOP chairwoman in 2004. She was a high-level volunteer for Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign, and served as Interim State Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty.
At the 2008 Republican Party of Texas state convention in Houston, she lost her bid for state GOP vice chairwoman. In 2008, she decided to run for governor.
Prior to the 2008 Republican Party of Texas state convention, Medina sued the party to ensure that the convention would be held in accordance with the Texas Election Code. The case was originally dismissed on an issue of jurisdiction, but the party demanded $14,000 for attorney fees. Medina appealed the case to the 1st Court of Appeals. In January 2010, she won her appeal when the appeals court ruled that the award was improper and dismissed the case.
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Debra Medina is a grassroots activist who ran an aggressive campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas.
She believes leadership must fight to protect us from intrusive government. Our current elected officials have forgotten about serving Texans. They have brought economic ruin to our nation and failed us at home.
Despite saying “just the right things” in their campaign speeches, our current elected officials have allowed increased federal government burdens, encroached on our families’ economic and social well-being, and promoted increased state control over our lives and liberties. Debra knows that our greatness resides in the determination and ingenuity of our people, not in the government.
Debra Medina is a true conservative and has been active in the Republican Party for 17 years. She has been married to her husband Noe for 27 years, and they have homeschooled and raised two children into responsible adults. She has served as the Wharton County Republican Party Chair and served as the Campaign for Liberty Texas state coordinator. Debra is also the founder and CEO of Prudentia Inc., a medical consulting firm.
Debra is a proud seventh generation Texan. Debra’s ancestor, Nathan Rice, fought in the revolutionary war. Another was killed in the Dawson Massacre near Salado Creek outside San Antonio in September 1842.
Debra Medina has been a tireless advocate of private property rights, gun ownership, individual responsibility, Texas sovereignty, border security, and most importantly adherence to the Constitution. She has actively opposed big government, taxes, bailouts, mandatory vaccinations, the TTC, and abortion.
Debra Medina’s priorities will be to private property ownership and state sovereignty; to promote a sound economy, halt undue government interference into our lives, restore individual liberty, and defend family, community, and faith.
As far as Texas’ state and local governments (counties, cities, MUDs etc.) are concerned, however, there seems to be some difference of opinion about just how great the roles of these governments should be. Some have suggested that Texas state and local government could be scaled back so dramatically that revenues available from the retail sales and use tax would be all that is needed to fund them. In thinking about this idea, let’s look at the actual budgets for a moment.
In the year ending August 31, 2010, the State of Texas brought in just over $19.5 billion in Texas sales and use taxes as currently configured, but its total net expenditures were just over $38 billion. Adding revenues from taxes on sales of motor vehicles and manufactured housing, motor fuels and cigarettes and tobacco adds an additional $7 billion of revenue, for a total of $26.5 billion. But in order for the state to rely entirely on those $26.5 billion, the state’s 2010 net outlays would have to have been cut by 30%, or $11.5 billion. That’s a lot of cutting in a budget comprised mainly of Education ($17 billion), Health and Human Services ($9 billion) and Public Safety and Corrections ($5 billion). But these figures don’t begin to address local government budgets, which rely overwhelmingly on local ad valorem property taxes to fund their programs and operations.
Rick Cunningham authored the 2010 study entitled “Eliminating the Property Tax in Texas: A Detailed Fiscal Analysis”, demonstrating how most Texas state and local taxes – including the property tax — could be replaced with a small business sales tax and a somewhat larger retail consumption sales tax. Rick serves as Director of the Texas Center for Economics, Law & Policy, where he continues to conduct analysis of and advocacy for public policies promoting liberty, constitutional government, and fiscal and monetary responsibility.
For more information, visit the source here (WeTexans.com)