Statements about State Budget
Says, "when this governor came to office, he had (an) 11 billion dollar - I call it mismanagement – deficit."
Says "If Oregon’s Legislature simply authorizes $450 million for the CRC, it will … leave Oregon holding the bag for a great deal more cost responsibility."
"Collectively states are spending more on Medicaid than they do on K-12 education."
In Virginia "there has been a billion dollars in surplus over the last three years. The legislature has spent less than 1 percent of that on roads."
Says, "Statistics indicate that one in eight children, and one in 18 adults in Oregon suffers from mental illness."
State support for local schools per pupil has decreased by at least 25 percent over the past decade.
Wisconsin state lawmakers worked seven days in 2012 but got "paid for a whole year."
"One-third of the gasoline is purchased by out-of-state people" in Virginia
Says "on the state level, we spend less today than Jon Corzine spent in fiscal year 2008, five years later."
"State revenue projections have missed the mark month after month."
Says state workers have not had across-the-board raises in six years.
Since taking office in January 2011, "the ‘rainy day’ fund has increased by 226 percent."
"Spending of government money is 17 percent less than it was a decade ago."
Virginia "spends less per student today than we did in 2008."
"Thanks to Washington, nearly everyone will pay more in taxes in 2013. Somehow people think it's just the wealthy. It's not."
"It costs $10,000 a year to keep a child in school; it costs $30,000 a year to keep someone in prison."
The state budget proposal has been submitted "on time and [it's] the earliest that a governor has done so in over two decades."
Says Texas public school funding grew three times the rate of enrollment from 2002 to 2012.
"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."
Says Texas is "dead last in support for mental health."
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