I’m not only a Katrina survivor, I am a governmental CPA who helped lead the financial recovery from that storm. I know the devastation a disruption in business causes. I have been on the front lines planning and implementing emergency recovery after a disaster.

As a CPA who’s spent her professional life holding governments and governmental officials accountable, I know budgets. The truth is in the numbers.

We spend money on what we value. You show me your budget, I'll show you your values.

Texans deserve laws that reflect our values — not laws that punish people when they are at their most vulnerable. We deserve laws that protect our life and liberties and help us reach our dreams. We are more alike than we are different. We deserve laws that embrace equality.

We need laws that protect our planet. I am a Katrina survivor who’s been married to a scientist for almost 30 years. Climate Change is personal to me. We need action now. Together, we can turn this around.