Representative Darby serves on the House tax cutting committee where he is working to reverse the trend of skyrocketing property taxes on our families. He wrote and passed new laws to help homeowners fight their appraisals. To lower the tax burden on homeowners, he has authored legislation to increase the state’s responsibility to fund schools, stopping the shift to local taxpayers. His plan calls for cutting school tax rates and eliminating the “Robin Hood” school finance scheme that redistributes tax dollars to other parts of the state. To bring further relief, the Legislature must stop unfunded mandates on our cities, counties, community colleges. And we must provide homeowners greater transparency, tools to fight their individual tax bills, and the power to veto large tax increases.
Representative Darby has passed substantial increases in the state's commitment to border security and voted to prohibit any Texas official ignoring a lawful immigration order. If the federal government continues to not get the job done, Texas must protect its borders from violent drug and human traffickers. Drew has also championed the Border Prosecution Unit to give additional tools to prosecutors to put away the bad guys and breakup their criminal enterprises.
Champion for Our Schools
Representative Darby works hard for our school children, their parents, and the teachers who serve them. Since entering the Legislature, his focus has been on local control for schools and on student performance, not overburdening standardized tests and state government bureaucracy. He believes the framers of the Texas Constitution were right when they proclaimed: "A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools."
He is proud to support retired teachers by ensuring their pension fund is fiscally sound because it is a commitment the Legislature has made and needs to uphold. As a former member of the Higher Education committee, Drew continues to work to ensure our regional universities and community colleges are delivering affordable career advancement for students and their families.
Representative Darby understands that water infrastructure is critical for life and for our economy. State government must be a positive resource, helping us plan for our future and where possible aid water resource development so that we can keep water rates affordable. It must not, however, create more regulatory barriers that prevent West Texans from solving West Texas problems.
Representative Darby is a strong fiscal conservative and a business owner, who believes that keeping taxes low, maintaining a predictable regulatory environment and a fair court system are the keys to keeping the Texas economy strong. Throughout his work in the legislature, Drew has lowered taxes on small businesses, streamlined business permitting and is a strong proponent of tort reform.
Representative Darby considers better transportation infrastructure to be a top priority for West Texas and he’s fought, every session, for more investment in our area’s roads, rail and bridges. He opposes more debt and tollroads as the solution to our transportation problems and favors a "pay as you go" system that puts transportation as a constitutional priority for state government.
Representative Darby devotes a great deal of time and energy to taking a complex state budget and making it easier for real Texans to understand. He has served on the committee that sets the budget for the state and he focused on meeting the basic needs of the people of Texas and on demanding that government agencies live within their means. In the 83rd session, Drew led the effort to author and pass into law an elimination of an electricity surtax while lowering trash collection and insurance fees on homeowners to only what is necessary, not a revenue source for growing state government.