Statements about State Finances
Of six Rhode Island tax-credit programs worth about $35 million, "three companies got 90 percent of that -- CVS and two companies not even located in the state of Rhode Island."
Knopp says he upheld a campaign promise not to join the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).
"Ohio is doing better right now than the national average on all the (economic) numbers."
Says "on the state level, we spend less today than Jon Corzine spent in fiscal year 2008, five years later."
The state budget proposal has been submitted "on time and [it's] the earliest that a governor has done so in over two decades."
"Gross income tax receipts are exceeding the Administration’s projections for this fiscal year prior to Sandy."
Says Texas public school funding grew three times the rate of enrollment from 2002 to 2012.
Says Texas is "dead last in support for mental health."
Says in fiscal year 2011, the state had "a projected $11 billion deficit."
"Our pension system is the only one in the country that’s 100 percent funded."
Taxpayers are "on the hook ... for less than a third" of the proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium, and those funds are "repaid from money that comes from outsiders."
"Faculty salaries at UW System institutions have now fallen more than 18 percent below the national average."
"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."
"Our welfare system now consumes 42 percent of our budget."
"In 2011, our state-run lottery funded New Jersey classrooms by over $930 million."
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.
"New Jersey is the only state in the union that spent less on higher education than it did at the beginning of the decade."
"Connecticut's take on slot machines is 25 cents on the dollar. And the state's take on table games: zero."
"As governor, I cut $5 billion in spending."
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