Davis told about two dozen local businessmen and women at the downtown
"We can go with a chosen leader, one with a record of successfully using economic tools to grow the economy, or we can choose an ultimate insider who just doesn't get it," she said.
Davis didn't have a price tag or an exact funding mechanism for the economic proposal she unveiled Tuesday, which appeared to mostly be a compilation of other plans she's proposed.
But she said she would ask the legislature to review any tax loopholes on the books to generate funding that can help. She said the state gives up more than
Other candidates in this year's governor's race include Libertarian
On the same day Davis gave this speech billed as a major economic address, Abbott released his first statewide general election TV ad.
The Spanish-speaking ad, geared to air during the World Cup match, featured his mother-in-law and sister-in-law talking about Abbott's values.
"The story of my family mirrors the story of
Education and more
Davis said public education is a priority, particularly making sure there's full-day pre-kindergarden for all
She added that state leaders should make college more affordable by "doubling the number of college-credit hours available to high school students and by doubling the number of early college high schools throughout the state."
She said the state's transportation infrastructure and water supplies need to beefed up. For too long, she said funds have been redirected to other needs.
"The shortsighted folks who've been in charge in the past couple of decades have been more interested in their political scorecards than in addressing our state's long term challenges," she said. "And make no mistake about it,
She said she would support something similar to the ballot initiative to create a
"Between the two major party candidates asking for the privilege of serving this state as its next governor, I am the only one with real world economic development experience," she said.
She also said she continues to support
Pay, loans and
Davis said all workers should be paid an equal salary for an equal day's work and leaders should support increasing the minimum wage from
She also said in such tight economic times that it's more important than ever to crackdown on predatory payday lenders.
"When I see the folks who are preyed upon by these lenders -- folks like school teachers and members of our armed forces who have sacrificed so much for us -- .... I am outraged," she said. "The state has ignored its responsibility to protect Texans from unfair lending practices for far too long and I will not abandon the Texans who need help most."
Davis also criticized Gov.
"Why anyone believes that it's a good idea to force hardworking Texans to pay over
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