Statements about State Budget
Says in fiscal year 2011, the state had "a projected $11 billion deficit."
Ohio's judges, "compared to other similar states, are being woefully underpaid."
"Our pension system is the only one in the country that’s 100 percent funded."
"Faculty salaries at UW System institutions have now fallen more than 18 percent below the national average."
Says the Nike bill "is not a tax break ... this does not lower the taxes that Nike will pay nor does it prevent the Legislature from raising those taxes in the future."
"If lawmakers fail to avert the fiscal cliff, 18 percent of the federal money that is sent to the states will be eliminated."
"I have the experience as Senate Budget Chair of cutting $4.5 billion in spending -- to close the deficit while protecting education and health care."
Says state schools superintendent candidate Don Pridemore "voted for the largest cuts to public education in our state history" and for "$2.3 billion in tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy."
The increase in the current state budget was greater than the inflation rate and the rate of population growth in Georgia.
Says that "the state spends more money on tax giveaways than it receives in tax collection."
Says he first unveiled his new legislative agenda in Wisconsin, not in California as critics complain
Says the state is required "pick up 70 percent of the cost" of K-12 education.
Says Gov. Scott Walker has "led people to believe that if Wisconsin doesn’t implement a (health-care) exchange, Obamacare doesn’t happen here."
When it comes to income taxes, Wisconsin is "one of the best places in the country to be poor" but "top 4 or 5 worst" for middle-income earners.
Says that over the past 20 years, Texas public school spending rose 142 percent and per-pupil spending more than tripled when adjusted for inflation.
Says Mike Dovilla supports a plan "that could allow a foreign corporation to take over the Ohio Turnpike"
Says Tennessee’s higher education funding model "is 100 percent outcomes-based" and "we are already seeing this model changing the way our postsecondary institutions do business."
"We’re talking right now about a $12 billion hole in our current, so-called balanced" state "budget."
Says when he was governor, "most of the Democrats" voted for his billion-dollar property-tax cuts, but U.S. Senate rival Tammy Baldwin "voted against it."
"Connecticut's take on slot machines is 25 cents on the dollar. And the state's take on table games: zero."
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