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      Invest in what makes the border great

      by state Sen. Jose Rodriguez, special to the El Paso Times—

      I represent more than 350 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, including six international ports of entry. One of these is a soon-to-open crossing at the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry, which already has had a significant economic impact on …

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      A week for equality

      Dear friend: What a week! What happened Friday was a historically momentous step forward for civil rights in our country. What happened the day before was also of historical importance, preserving access to health care insurance for millions, a decision …

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      84th Legislative Session summary of accomplishments

      Dear friend: We’ll have plenty of time to take stock of the 84th Texas Legislature, which passed about 1,400 bills out of more than 6,600 filed. Some laws will be obvious in their impact immediately, while others will take more …

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        A former migrant farm worker, Jose understands that education is the key to individual and community success. He’s fought for equitable funding, innovative programs, and access to higher education.

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        Border Issues

        José firmly believes that the future of the Border is the future of the State (and indeed the nation). Jose’s message is clear: The border is an opportunity for Texas and the U.S.

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        Access to healthcare is a critical issue for El Paso, the state, and the nation. We can do better when it comes to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for million of Texans.

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        Jobs & Economy

        While El Paso is making significant economic gains, its low tax base, high unemployment, and lack of high paying jobs are a barrier to economic prosperity. Young college graduates are unable to find sufficient job opportunities and leave, while other workers find only low wage jobs.

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        Government & Ethics

        Across the nation, including in El Paso, public corruption has grown like a cancer and tested the will of citizens to reign in those who spread it.

        “Pay to play “in the government procurement process, gifts, and other undue influences

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        Public Safety

        Despite El Paso’s designation as the second safest city in the nation, the drug war violence in Cd. Juarez, Mexico has raised legitimate concerns about spill over violence into El Paso. Of particular concern are transnational gangs operating in El Paso that work for the drug cartels.

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        Adequate transportation and related infrastructure remain a critical need in El Paso; without them, El Paso’s progress will be stymied. State transportation funding has literally dried up and our challenge is to find new ways of generating funds to meet transportation needs. 

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