Statements about State Budget
Protesters in La Crosse blocked an exit and surrounded a State Patrol car carrying the governor and were "beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle." When the car was "extricated" from the crowd, a truck blocked a second exit.
Gov. Scott Walker bought "80 new, brand-new vehicles" for the state that "we probably don’t need."
Greg Abbott defended more than $5 billion in public school funding cuts in fighting hundreds of school districts in court.
Even after collective bargaining reforms, most Wisconsin public employees "are still paying about 12 to 13 percent" of their health insurance premiums, while most state residents who work in the private sector "pay 20 to 25 percent."
"The state budget has actually grown by $4.6 billion under" Gov. Scott Walker’s actions.
"You've seen where we're now going from a $700 million surplus to getting into the next biennium with almost a $750 million deficit."
Rhode Island's unemployment insurance system "is the most expensive such system in the country."
"The $3.6 billion deficit we inherited has turned into more than a half-billion-dollar surplus."
"Given how expansive our program already was," expanding Medicaid in New Jersey due to Obamacare "was a relatively small expansion."
Says Rick Scott "cut education by $1.3 billion" in his first year, then "in his second year he decreases funding by $300 million to our state universities."
"In fact, there’s more state funding for education today than any other time."
With a bill bringing $100 million in property tax relief, "the typical Wisconsin homeowner will save approximately $680 over four years."
"The Legislature passed Gov. Walker’s so-called property tax relief bill," but the Republicans "are still raising your property taxes."
"Providence has more of its pension fund invested in hedge funds and is less transparent" about it than the state.
As CFO, Alex Sink oversaw "a $27 billion loss in the state's pension fund."
Terry McAuliffe "wants to raise your taxes $1,700 to pay for his infinite promises."
Ken Cuccinelli would "take money away from public schools to fund private schools."
$6 billion water bond program voters passed in 2011 "has yet to be tapped."
For the state of Florida, "there is not an additional cost with implementation of the Common Core standards."
Wendy Davis is "threatening to raise taxes up to $35 billion."
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