Party Platforms

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One highlight of Girls State is participating in the mock political parties, the National Party and the Federal Party. As a member of these parties, each GS citizen has a voice in creating their party platform during the state conventions. Girls create these platforms based on issues in both their fictional Girls State cities and their real home towns. This year, the National Party platform concentrated on environmental safety, education, economic reform, civil safety, and health. The Federal Party platform focused on education reform, human rights, as well as tax, environmental, and health care reforms. More information about each party’s platform follows:

Federal Party Platform:

Let it be known that the Federal Party of Bluebonnet Girls State has organized itself in support of the following goals and ideas:

I. Education Reform

  • Funding Arts and Clubs
  • Increasing teacher salaries
  • Adjusted curriculum
  • Early implementation of bilingual programs

II. Human Rights

  • Justice Reform
    • Increased training for law enforcement
    • Volunteer informational Programs
      • Police Brutality Awareness
    • Promote education for women’s rights
    • Promote education for LGBT rights

III. Tax Reform 

  • Allocate money for infrastructure and education
  • Allocate money for First Responders

IV. Environmental Reform

  • Funding recycling programs
    • Volunteer based
  • Introduction of alternative energy sources
  • Further Wildlife Preservation

V. Health Reform

  • Increase availability of insurance to reach universal coverage

VI. Infrastructure Improvement 

  • Target unemployment through infrastructure projects
  • Promote the building and funding of recreational centers
  • Promote the funding and maintenance of parks

National Party Platform:

Let it be known that the National Party of Bluebonnet Girls State has organized itself in support of the following goals and ideas:

I. Environment

  • Preservation of environment/natural resources
  • Pollution prevention programs
  • Go green initiatives – increase green transportation
  • Natural disaster prevention and safety programs

II.  Education

  • Youth mobilization programs: career exploration programs/life skills
  • Redistribution of funding for districts and programs
  • Addressing and identifying learning disabilities

III. Economic

  • Infrastructure repair and development
  • Funding reevaluation for officers/public service officers
  • Diversification of careers and industries; pro small-business

IV.  Safety

  • Gun education and safety
  • Distracted driving prevention
  • Anti-discrimination programs

V. Health

  • Mental health support and care, particularly for Veterans
  • Affordable and accessible heath care
  • Increased health inspections in schools