As a staunch fiscal conservative and experienced businessman, David Dewhurst maintained a relentless commitment to low taxes, limited government spending and sensible regulations while Lt. Governor. Those factors helped fuel immense economic growth which then served as a magnet for even more businesses and people seeking opportunity. To accommodate that growth, Texas has made key infrastructure investments to ensure the necessary roads, power transmission and water are available for decades to come. Thanks to Dewhurst efforts and tireless work with Senators on both sides of the aisle, Texas is more prepared than ever to meet the demands of our rapidly growing population.
David helped develop the legislation behind Proposition 1 on the November 2014 ballot. The bill added more than $1.7 Billion to transportation funding in its first year and created an ongoing source of funds to help meet the state’s multi-billion transportation infrastructure needs. Prior to that, he challenged TXDOT to compile a list of the 100 most congested roads in the state, a document that has been a key planning document on the agency’s road building and repair efforts. During his tenure, the state allocated more than $122 billion to transportation funding.
Early in his time as Lt. Governor, David helped write the state’s water plan then spent several legislative sessions pursuing the funding for the buildout.This culminated in affirmation of Proposition 6 by a statewide referendum, restructuring the state’s water leadership elements and transferring $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund into a water infrastructure investment pool. He helped create two new large water investment funds: SWIFT and SWIRFT and also protected landowner rights to groundwater by passing SB 332.
As a product of Texas public schools, Dewhurst consistently advocated for the continuous improvement of education in the Lone Star State. Convinced that one-size-fits-all solutions typically end up falling short, he pushed for the addition of innovative education options like Charters and School Choice. At the same time, he advocated for a stronger emphasis on teaching the math, science and engineering skills needed for success in the Texas workforce of tomorrow.
During his tenure, he was able to reduce the number of high-stakes end-of-course exams for high school students so that teachers can spend more quality time with students. He also passed SB 1474, which requires more parental and teacher involvement at the local level for curriculum decisions. He passed a bill to keep Common Core State Standards out of Texas (HB 462). Increased accountability for school districts and ended “teaching to the test." David pushed for innovative education options like school choice and charter schools and passed Senate bill 2, which helps eliminate poorly performing charter schools.
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