The following is a compilation of the unedited responses from Matt Pina, Libertarian candidate for Texas Land Commissioner, to the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Voter Guide Questionnaire. Pina is running against Republican incumbent George P. Bush and Democrat Miguel Suazo in the November election.
Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office
Please list any of your political, civic or non-profit experience.
Political Scientist, Board Member San Antonio Transportation Advisory Board, Bexar County Libertarian Party Chair, Americorps, SAyouth,etc.
What is your educational background?
M.A. Political Science B.A. Political Sciene
What experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?
It less experience and more fact. I wasn't hand picked for the role. I want the job because I am passionate about it. I am the only Texan on the ballot, as this role oversees our biggest historical sight. The seat should be held by someone who holds Texas Values.
What will be your top priority, if elected?
Stopping the destruction of the Alamo. Followed by good management for the land office.
What should the future be for the historic Alamo site?
The planned destruction of the Alamo and Texas History is the biggest issue to date. These plans will destroy the heart of the city of San Antonio, Texas culture, and the idea of what it means to be a Texan. Limited access to the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, and the story of Texas will, in the end, lead to a reduction in the celebration of who we are. That said, the story of success throughout our country has become so convoluted that the youth have no hopes or dreams. Since there is a clear lack of leadership within the Democrat and Republican establishment, I feel I am the only person who can step up to lead our future Texans. When elected I would champion new initiatives that allow for people to be the stars of their own dreams – including allowing them full access to our history.
What are your plans for overseeing the administration of the Permanent School Fund?
First, we need to continue to grow the permanent school fund. Unlike the current Texas Land Commissioner, I will be sure to put every single dollar possible into the permanent school fund. Originally designed by our Texas founding fathers, the fund was meant to be the sole provider for Texas Public Schools and was supported by land held by the state of Texas. Over many decades, our former Texas leaders have diverted money meant for this fund to other projects, eliminating the tax-free school funding system and burdening property owners with more and more of the cost. We can provide excellent public schools and reduce property taxes if we stay true to our purpose.
In regards to veterans programs at the GLO, do you have any plans to change or improve any of the current programs overseen by the office?
Probably the biggest gap faced by veterans is by those who are permanently disabled. In the state of Texas, little is done to ensure that they can live in adequate settings that afford them to live independent and normal lives. H.E.B. has on average provided 2 homes a year to Homes For Our Troops. An organization that builds homes for permanently disabled Veterans. While I applaud the effort made by these organizations, the General Land Office could coordinate in order to make these homes cheaper to build.
Are you supported by any political action committees? If so, which ones?
NOPE and quite proud of it.
Do you have any aspirations for higher office?
Why should voters choose you in 2018?
Remember the ALAMO!!!