Statements about State Finances
"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."
Says "as Co-Chair of the Joint Ways & Means Committee, I secured the key piece of funding for" the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project bridge."
"By voting to approve [Question 1], we can . . . save 900 jobs" at Twin River.
Says Texas lawmakers last year expanded public education’s share of state spending.
Josh Mandel "is lying about his own record. The rating of Ohio's investment fund has NOT improved."
Says "the governor is going around the state talking about [how] we should fund an income tax cut" that benefits higher income earners and not lower income earners
"When Tim Kaine was governor, spending soared, blowing holes in the budget every year."
In Massachusetts under Mitt Romney, "unemployment went down, household incomes went up," and the state "saw its credit rating upgraded."
Says they said "it was impossible to balance a budget at the same time, with an $11 billion deficit" and "we did it."
"Household income in America has gone down for families an average of $4,000 in the last four years" while it " went up $5,000" under Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts
Says a portfolio managed by the Texas General Land Office earned 22 percent last year while the state’s emergency reserve account experienced a 1 percent gain.
Says Gov. Scott Walker "raises the pay of inmates, but we don't raise the pay of staff in our correctional institutions."
"I used my line-item veto authority to veto $360 million dollars in special interest spending, so that our budget this year ... is still smaller than the fiscal year 2008 and 2009 budgets signed by my predecessor."
By eliminating the public intervenor’s office, "I was the first one to fire Kathleen Falk."
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