Statements about State Finances

Salaries for URI faculty are second to last among New England land grant universities and in lowest 20 percent of major U.S. research institutions

Because of Gov. Scott Walker’s budgeting, a greater percentage of general fund tax dollars is "going to pay off debt than ever before in our history."

Says that "unlike Texas, Missouri has a perfect AAA credit rating."

"I’ve got the spending down, I’ve got the debt down a little bit, I’ve got the reserves up."

Says there are half as many students in one Georgia technical college than there were two years ago.

"Our recent state budgets have far exceeded population and inflation growth."

Economic Development Commission Executive Director Keith Stokes "sent me a letter and he said the taxpayers will never be on the hook for these bonds" for 38 Studios.

Says spending in the fiscal 2009 budget was lower than spending in the fiscal 2014 budget

A private school tax break in the Wisconsin state budget is "the most generous in the nation."

Under Republican-backed state budget, the state education agency estimates expansion of Wisconsin’s school voucher program "could cost nearly $2 billion annually"

A monthly "police and fire protection fee" on all Wisconsin phone bills does nothing to support police and fire.

"People want the minimum wage, they want marriage equality, they want women’s health care. There’s issues that actually that really do matter, social issues that matter to the people of this state. So I know Barbara would support those issues, I know the governor hasn’t. You’ve seen the actions he’s taken on them."

"We have one of the most expensive General Assemblies, per capita, in the entire country."

Says Texas law requires state agencies to give preference to goods produced and grown in Texas.

"New Jersey’s once-broken pension system is now solvent."

Says Texas lawmakers agreed to cut state's rainy day fund in half, spending "$4 billion from current $8 billion."

"Barbara Buono by the numbers: As a Trenton politician, she voted to raise taxes 154 times. Under her, property taxes up 70 percent. Backed a 16 percent sales tax increase. Utilities, nursing homes, cell phones, parking lots, lottery wins, gyms – She taxed them all. Architect of Corzine’s budget, she drove New Jersey $2 billion into debt. Barbara Buono by the numbers: taking New Jersey backwards."

"Jon Corzine, elected governor. Teams up with Barbara Buono. $1.2  billion sales tax increase? Passed. Most spending in state history? Passed. After Buono named budget chair, taxes and fees increase 23 times in just two years. State debt? Up $13.4 billion. Unemployment? Doubled."

Since Gina Raimondo took office, investment fees on the state's pension portfolio "have gone up from about $12 million annually to about $50 million."

"18 percent of our land in our state right now is either federally, state or county owned for conservation purposes."

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