Statements about State Finances
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."
The Wisconsin Retirement System for public employees is "a self-funded pension plan" and "it’s the money of the workers’ that funds it."
Rhode Island has the "worst maintained bridges in the United States of America . . . and we have the second worst maintained roads [behind] Alaska."
Says 97 cents of every dollar played "represents over $500 million dollars that is returned to Oregonians every year to help support job creation, schools, state parks and watersheds."
"When Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts ... (had) more debt per person than any other state in the country."
Says Joe Kyrillos "voted to raid the state's pension funds by $2.8 billion that is costing New Jersey taxpayers still today to the tune of nearly $15 billion dollars to repay that money."
Decriminalizing marijuana "will save the state anywhere from $4 (million) to $11 million dollars."
Say "this biennium, liquor sales account for nearly $1 billion in the state budget."
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