On Saturday, September 22nd, we held our biennial Texas 101 Day at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus where residents of District 101 and others joined together to discuss major issues impacting our area. This year we focused solely on transportation and improving the health of our community.
When we merged after an hour or so of small group discussion, here’s some of what they had to say:
- There’s a need for increased access to medical services in our community
- Texas leads the nation in the rate of uninsured, which impacts the cost of medical care for all in our state and the health of our communities
- Low voter turnout & lack of transportation could negatively impact the success of the November 6th JPS Bond election
- Passage of the JPS Bond will help increase access to care with additional and expanded facilities
- Expanding Medicaid would directly impact the uninsured rate by providing coverage for over 1 million Texas adults and would likely lower health insurance costs
- Vote! – and do your part to get others to vote on this important measure. Access to transportation and health care go hand in hand. Need to expand transit options to ensure that people can not only vote, but also seek medical treatment.
- No access to a local comprehensive mass transit system, which negatively impacts many in our community, including many students attending UT Arlington and Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
- There’s a lack of education about different options and services
- Past elections when this issue was not approved by voters had extremely low turnout
- Increase opportunities to discuss transit options and engage college students in the process as they play a key role in our community
- Add more voices to the discussion about positives and possibilities of increasing transit options; those in support need to make their voices heard. Use social media to educate and create a call to action.
- If there is an applicable measure, strongly urge city leaders to put it on a November ballot to ensure higher turnout.