Statements about State Budget

"We’re trailing every other state in the Midwest in terms of job creation since January of 2011."

David Dewhurst is "the first lieutenant governor in history to have a personal security detail."

Virginia is "the No. 1 recipient of federal dollars."

"The national economic recovery has led to higher than expected tax revenues and projected budget surpluses in nearly every state in the nation, including Wisconsin."

"With the tax controls we already put in place, property taxes on a typical home in December of 2014 will actually be lower than they were in December of 2010."

"After years of 5.5 percent average tuition increases, we now have a two-year tuition freeze for the first time in the history of the UW System."  

"During my administration, funding for education has increased by over $930 million."

In Virginia, "Medicaid has grown by 1,600 percent in the last 30 years."

Scott Walker's income "tax plan is a tax hike. It increases taxes for nearly 80% of the people in the state."

"I cut spending while serving in the state Legislature"

"If you make the average amount of people in Wisconsin, $50,000, you got $1.60 less a week in taxes" under the state income-tax cut, but "it didn’t show up in your paycheck."

"This governor has given us continual balanced budgets without raising taxes."

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."

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