Statements from Memphis

Says that "Tennessee law requires that schools receive half of proceeds -- $31 million per year" -- from a half-cent increase in the Shelby County sales tax.

Says that "when Congressman (Steve) Cohen took office in 2007, the unemployment rate was at 4.8 percent. The unemployment rate in Shelby County has reached 9.7 percent."

"From a standpoint of the county government, neither school system has received an increase in funding over the past six years."

Says his "patents in ultrasound have revolutionized modern medicine."

"Obamacare" represents "the largest tax increase in the history of the world."

Says "city leadership is threatening to lay off police and emergency services personnel to balance the budget."

"We will not ask for a tax increase to run city government."

"Nobody is leaving Memphis. That's a myth."

"Shelby County donated – I’m sorry, gave – 44 schools to the city of Memphis."

The education tax burden for Shelby County -- and Tennessee -- is "one of the lowest in the country."

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