Statements about Government Efficiency
"The average rate of fraud" in the Earned Income Tax Credit, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps programs "is 20 to 25 percent."
Gov. Scott Walker bought "80 new, brand-new vehicles" for the state that "we probably don’t need."
Says in the last five years "Senate Republicans have placed a filibuster on every piece of legislation and every nominee."
Rhode Island's unemployment insurance system "is the most expensive such system in the country."
"Ninety six percent of employers in the Granite State are considered small businesses."
Forty-six states have a line-item veto for the governor.
"There are still tens of thousands of missing service members from previous and current conflicts that our nation is working to find and repatriate."
Says every day of a special session costs taxpayers $40,000.
"Only in Washington would politicians spend $27 million to teach Moroccans how to make pottery."
"Obamacare … carries on even under a government shutdown."
Says HJM 20 "was the only bill not assigned to a House committee."
Says the reasoning behind Portland's high water and sewer rates is "all kinds of ’pet projects’ unrelated to the core function of the water and sewer bureaus"
"Worldwide credit card transactions, the credit card fraud rate is 0.04 percent, compared to almost 8 percent, 9 percent, 10 percent of Medicare fraud."
"When total Sandy spending is added up, it's more than the annual budget for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. And it's more than twice the annual budget of the U.S. Energy Department."
Wisconsin state lawmakers worked seven days in 2012 but got "paid for a whole year."
The state budget proposal has been submitted "on time and [it's] the earliest that a governor has done so in over two decades."
"The amount of money that we put into running our own state legislature is nearly as much as we put into the University of Rhode Island."
"Eleven states complete their [legislative] sessions within three calendar months, and another five only meet biennially."
"Our welfare system now consumes 42 percent of our budget."
Rhode Island has taken its federal Medicaid funding and shown it can run the program more cost-effectively than the federal government.
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